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Dec 152012

Sweet Raisin Bread

On Christmas morn, Kenny and I like to have something light to tide us over, sometimes it’s some sweet rolls and sometimes it’s just some toast with our coffee. This is a wonderful way to start off the morning, make it the day before, slice it up and pop it in the toaster.  I have not tried this recipe yet, but love raisin bread and it’s even good to make French toast for a change of pace served up with lots of butter, syrup and extra raisins on top!

raisin bread

Sweet Raisin Bread
  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1 pkg quick acting yeast
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teas cinnamon
  • ½ teas nutmeg
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 1 teas salt
  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, mixing well.
  2. Combine the butter, eggs and sugar, mix and add to the yeast mixture, beating well.
  3. Add the spices and vanilla, mix.
  4. Stir in the flour and raisins, mix.
  5. Turn out on floured surface and knead well.
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl, flip and cover.
  7. Let rise for about 2 hours, punch down and let rise again for about 45 minutes.
  8. Knead again, about 10 times, divide in 2 and shape into loaves.
  9. Place loaves in greased loaf pans and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.


Hope you enjoy no matter when you decide to try it!

Mar 272012

Savory Stuffed Lamb Shoulder
I wish I could cook a nice big lamb shoulder here, but I would have to eat the whole thing by myself, kind of a waste of time!

1 lamb shoulder, boned (4-5 lbs)
Salt & Pepper
10 slices raisin bread, diced
1 pkg (8 oz) mixed dried fruits, diced
1 cup minced onions
1 cup minced celery and leaves
1 cup orange juice
2 teas grated lemon rind
6 thick slices bacon



Wipe shoulder inside and out with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Combine the bread, fruits, onion and celery in a large bowl. Add the orange juice and sprinkle with the lemon rind. Toss to mix. Place stuffing onto the lamb. Roll up roast and secure with kitchen twine.  Set roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1-1/2 hours. Place bacon over lamb and roast for 45 minutes longer. Nice way to fix lamb for Easter Sunday!

Note: If you have any stuffing left after dressing the lamb, put it in a greased casserole dish, cover and bake for 45 minutes.

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