Usually when I think of a raisin bread, I think of a yeast bread that takes a few hours to knead, rise, form, rise and bake. This recipe, found in a vintage Sun-Maid raisin ad, circa 1940, is a quick bread that stirs together in about 5 minutes. It does take 90 minutes to bake, but that is time that I can be doing other things. You will notice right off that there is no fat in this. It makes a dense, sweet dessert bread. Very unusual, but very delicious; especially with a slab of butter spread on top. Add nuts if you want (about 1/2 cup); pecans or walnuts would be great.
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup raisins
Wash raisins and drain. Beat egg, add milk, sugar and mix together. Combine with flour sifted with baking powder and salt (aka combine dry ingredients and add). Add raisins and beat thoroughly. Spread in a greased, paper-lined bread pan. Bake 1 1/2 hours at 300 degrees.
Also found in the ad:
Raisin Jellied Salad (which I did not try and am not sure that I ever would)
1 package lemon flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 cup raisins
2 Tbsp finely cut green chili pepper
1/2 cup finely sliced celery
3 slices pineapple
Pour boiling water over gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add raisins and allow mixture to begin to set. Add chili pepper, celery and pineapple cut into pieces. Mix thoroughly. pour into individual moils and chill. Unmold on lettuce - garnish with mayonaise.