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Rum-Raisin Bread

Author: Susan Reid

Rum-Raisin Bread Recipe

A tender, lovely bread, with great flavors. You could change the fruit to suit your tastes, but the rum-raisin combo is mighty good. An excellent bread to serve up for company, or to treat yourself.

At a glance

1 large loaf, 20 slices
Nutrition information


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Rum Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted to remove lumps
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter-rum flavor


  1. To make the bread: Combine the rum and raisins in a small, nonreactive bowl and set aside to soak for about 30 minutes.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients into the bucket of your bread machine in the order listed, select the dough cycle, and press Start.
  3. When the machine beeps for additions, add the raisins and any remaining rum. Check the consistency of the dough, adjusting it with a tablespoon more water or flour if necessary to make a smooth ball of dough. Let the machine complete its cycle.
  4. To shape and bake: Gently deflate the risen dough, divide it into thirds, and fold each piece over on itself so the cut edge is inside the ball of dough. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough to a 12" rope. Place two of the pieces on a piece of parchment crossing each other. Lay the third piece over the top. Braid the bread from the center to the ends on both sides. (Braiding this way keeps the dough more uniform instead of having one long, stretched-out end.) Pinch the ends together and tuck them underneath.
  6. Cover with greased plastic and let the braid rise for 30 to 45 minutes, until almost doubled. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush the top of the bread with egg wash, if desired. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a deep golden brown and the center reads 190°F when measured with a digital thermometer. Remove from the oven and cool completely before glazing.
  7. To make the glaze: Combine the confectioners' sugar with enough milk to make a spreadable glaze; stir in the butter-rum flavor. Drizzle or brush the glaze on top of the braid.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 41g
  • Servings Per Batch 20
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 112
  • Calories from Fat 18
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 14mg
  • Sodium 125mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.