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Irish Freckle Bread

This bread has been a favorite at family gatherings, either formal or casual, for years. It's tender and slightly sweet, with a light texture and attractive shape. Sometimes I change the "freckles", using dried cranberries, currants or chocolate chips instead of the raisins.—Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf, 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup warm mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water. Add the butter, eggs, potatoes, salt, remaining sugar and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in raisins and enough remaining 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 let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into eight portions. Shape each into a ball. Place dough balls in a greased 10-in. springform pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove sides of pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 276 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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