This tasty Raisin bread from Lithuania would be a wonderful addition to the Easter meal. Or make it during the Easter season, to continue the feasting for the 50 days of Easter.
2 cups milk, scalded
2 packages active dry, or cake, yeast
3/4 cup sugar, divided
6 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white raisins
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons water
Cool milk to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast, 1/4 cup sugar in milk. Add 3 cups flour; mix well. Cover; let rise in warm place until light, bubbly.
Combine eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, raisins and butter; beat well.
Add to dough. Add remaining flour; knead well. Reserve to rise until
double in bulk.
Bake 50 minutes at 350°.
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