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A soft loaf of bread that embodies your favorite Carrot Raisin Salad…with one secret ingredient.

Carrot Raisin Bread

Once upon a time, I played the clarinet.

And then, one day (about 10 years ago), I chose not to anymore.

Maybe the reasons why are important, maybe they aren’t. Regardless, one day I discovered that I no longer loved the thing that had brought me such joy. I had lost my passion; I had to take a step back.

A few weeks ago, my parents came up to Chicago for a visit. I asked them to bring my instrument with them. I had found that, all these years later, I wanted to play again. No, I haven’t had much of a chance to practice regularly, but tonight I sat down for a few minutes and played. Nothing fancy – in fact, I spent a large chunk of time just playing scales. But it felt good. It felt right.

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would someday find a great calm in playing scales and runs of triplets, I would never have believed you. But with some age and within a different context, it all seemed to make sense. It’s not always easy and it certainly isn’t pretty most of the time, but it is right.

Sliced Carrot Raisin Bread

This bread feels like that. I never much cared for carrot and raisin salad as a kid. It felt like something I should eat, rather than something I wanted to eat. But now, as an adult and within a different context, the flavors seem to make sense. It all fits together and feels right. The sweet raisins and carrots balance out the slight tang that…wait for it…mayonnaise adds to the bread. That’s right, our secret ingredient is just a few tablespoons of mayonnaise. Admittedly, it feels a bit wrong to add mayonnaise to yeast dough, but in this context it all just works. Trust me on this one.

And much like everything else in life, baking bread – even one as perfectly delicious as this one – is not always pretty or easy. My apartment is eternally freezing, and my dough is often reluctant to rise, as it was the day that I baked this bread. But, instead of panicking (ok, maybe I panicked just a little bit), I trusted in the power of my favorite Red Star Platinum Yeast, threw the loaf in the oven, and said a little prayer that it would bake up appropriately.

I know we are relying on photos here, but I hope you can see the pillowy softness of those slices of bread. Boyfriend assures me that it was pure science that caused the loaf to rise perfectly while it baked. I personally like to think that tiny Red Star Yeast fairies live in my oven.

We all have our beliefs.

Head on over to Red Star Yeast’s site for this Carrot Raisin Bread recipe. While you’re there, be sure to investigate your own baking troubles with their handy troubleshooting guide. It will be like baking fairies are living in your oven, too.

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Toasted Carrot Raisin Bread

I was compensated by Red Star Yeast for my time to make and photograph this recipe, but all opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

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Wednesday 14th of June 2017

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Thursday 20th of March 2014

What a wonderful post, love the way it looks toasted with butter.


Thursday 20th of March 2014

Thanks, Cheri! It made fantastic toast

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

Thursday 20th of March 2014

What a unique bread! Who knew you could put it in bread?


Thursday 20th of March 2014

I never would have thought of it myself, but it's genius!

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

Thursday 20th of March 2014

I was just thinking the same thing about my violin! I haven't played in years but had an itch to get it back out and play some scales. Maybe I will do that, after making this bread of course!


Thursday 20th of March 2014

Boyfriend played violin! Unfortunately his youngest brother lost said violin when he was borrowing it. I have high hopes he'll get another someday and start playing again. And then we can all eat bread and play music together! AAAA-men.

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Thursday 20th of March 2014

You can totally see how fluffy and light this bread is. I never heard of carrot and raisin salad. The only time I know carrots and raisins play nice together is in carrot cake, which I love!


Thursday 20th of March 2014

And if that has taught us anything, this bread is a brilliant idea.