Raisin Bread is a leavened loaf of bread, with raisins mixed into the dough.
It is usually classed as a sweet bread owing to the fruit in it. The bread itself is almost always white bread, but you can get whole wheat as well.
After the raisins are worked into the dough, cinnamon and sugar are sometimes folded into the dough as swirls before baking.
Raisin Bread is usually eaten on its own, either toasted or untoasted. If toasted, it is usually buttered as well — this is popular for breakfast.
Raisin Bread can be used for sandwiches, such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If the raisin bread is plain (i.e. no cinnamon-sugar swirls), some like to use it also for savoury sandwiches as well such as chicken or ham salad.
Leftover raisin bread is particularly good for bread puddings.
Most bread machines have what is called a “raisin beep” on them. The beep indicates the point at which it’s safe to add items such as raisins to your bread dough — safe meaning that the items won’t get completely chewed up and just disappear completely into the dough.