I prepared my ingredients:
I got my soapy water ready. Forever burned into my brain is the voice of my high school home ec teacher,"keep your work area clean!" I wash my tools as I go--only takes a second and it's so nice at the end!
I don't sift ingredients that often anymore, but I did for this bread:
I added dry ingredients to the wet mixture:
After mixing I used two 8-inch loaf pans:
In the oven they went at 325 degrees and out to knit and watch the clothes dry, I went:
After about an hour:
Like all the other recipes I've tried, this one was still sweeter than I need. I'll try half as much sugar next time. I liked the walnuts but missed the raisins. Next time I'll soak a cup of raisins in boiling water about an hour, drain and use them in place of nuts. The 3 tsp. of cinnamon was yummy and I loved the 3 tsp. vanilla. For now this will be my basic recipe that I play around with. It would be good with different fruits and I might try different flours, etc., but for flavor and texture this is really good!