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The perfect breakfast companion will always be fresh bread.
First things first, in the bowl of a stand mixer stir together the water, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and the yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is nice and bubbly (and your kitchen is smelling like heaven).
Meanwhile whisk together the milk, egg, egg white, and salt and set aside.
Once the yeast is foamy stir in the milk mixture, and then mix in the raisins and 4 tablespoons of butter. NOTE: the butter is not melted, so it will appear sort of chunky. Don’t worry—the flour will take care of it!
Once all of those ingredients are mixed together, turn the mixer on low and add 3 cups of the flour. Once it’s almost combined continue adding the flour in 1/4-cup increments until you have a stiff dough that doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.
Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead for about 3-4 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth. Coat the same mixing bowl in a little oil and add the dough back into it, turning to coat the dough with the oil. Cover with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm place (I put mine on top of my dryer while it was running) for about 60-90 minutes until doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, cut it in half and roll each half out into a 9×13-inch square. Brush each square with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle each one with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Roll them up very tightly; place each one in a well-greased 9×5 pan.
Cover with a damp towel and allow the loaves to rise for another 45-60 minutes until you have a nice rounded top. In the last few minutes of rising, preheat your oven to 350 F.
Bake at 350 F for 30-45 minutes or until done. The best tip I’ve ever heard for this is to knock on the side of the pan; if it sounds hollow then it’s done! When done, remove the bread from the oven. Immediately and carefully remove the loaves from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. DEVOUR!
This Low Fat Banana, Date & Nut Bread may be low on fat, but it’s not low on flavor! It’s perfect to enjoy with that morning tea or coffee. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now, and one to put in the freezer to enjoy later.
Better than Starbucks makes!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!