This recipe has been through A LOT…yet the stains and markings comfort me.
In a year that has been tumultuous (to say the least), Mom-Mom’s Raisin Bread recipe, (which I wrote down when I was a teenager) is proof of resilience, endurance, bounce-backability and most of all, the prevailing power of LOVE.
This recipe has traveled with me to at least ten different homes and each year when I get to baking I think about how Mom-Mom packed love into every loaf.
I already burned out one Kitchen Aid mixer in 2014, because this dough is NO JOKE. It’s thick and sticky and clings to EVERYTHING. (This includes my walls, my bowls and me.)
Each year the list of people I send the bread to grows. It’s my one claim to fame; a tradition that honors my Mom-Mom and lets the people I love know they RATE when the package arrives.
So this was what my first UPS trip looked like:
I needed elves to bake, wrap, address, package, tape and ship.
All I had was me, myself, and I.
But I had the recipe for resilience! L-O-V-E.
Every moment that I felt like waving the white dish towel, I conjured up thoughts of the dear people on the receiving end of these packages. When a friend saw my war zone of a kitchen covered with flour, he kindly observed, “These are loaves of love.”
Yes, they are.
I talk more about how love fuels resilience in this week’s video, but before we go there, let’s make your mouths water:
Yep, they are crunchy sweet golden brown outsides with soft, cake-y, raisin-filled insides. This treat is best served toasted and SLATHERED with butter.
Sorry to tempt you so. But you are resilient! And here’s more on that topic:
Loving and embracing the TRUTH with you this week!
And loving YOU. It means so much that you are out there.