• 11/2 Cups milk
  • 1/2 Cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 2 Packages active dry yeast
  • 1 Cup warm water (110°F to 115°F)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 Cups California raisins, dusted in flour


Heat milk to scalding; add butter, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the lukewarm milk mixture. Stir in eggs. By hand or using an electric mixer, gradually beat in 5 cups flour. Add raisins. By hand, work in remaining flour to make a medium-firm dough. Place in deep, greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto flour surface; knead slightly. Form into three loaves and place in well-greased 8×4-inch loaf pans. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans; brush tops with butter and cover with cloth. Cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 16%); Total Fat 3.5 ( Saturated Fat 2; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 20; Sodium 160; Potassium 185; Total Carbohydrate 35; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 13; Protein 5; Calcium 17; Iron 2;

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Raisins are great food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.