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Rustic Beef Bread

 Rustic Beef Bread
I've always enjoyed cooking and making dishes out of unusual ingredients. When I brought this slightly sweet bread to a family picnic, they couldn't believe it contained ground beef. - Margaret Peterson, Forest City, Iowa
32 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + rising


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cooked, drained and cooled ground beef (about 1/3 pound)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter


  • In a bowl, soak raisins in boiling water; cool to 110°-115°
  • (do not drain). In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk,
  • sugar, shortening, salt, molasses and whole wheat flour; beat until
  • smooth. Add beef and raisins. Add enough all-purpose flour to form a
  • soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours; punch dough down. Refrigerate
  • overnight; punch dough down.
  • Divide in half; shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in.

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Rustic Beef Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • loaf pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1
  • hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes, covering loosely with foil during
  • the last 20 minutes. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Brush
  • with butter. Store in a refrigerator. Yield: 2 loaves.