Old Fashioned Christmas Sweet Bread Recipe

2 pkgs. yeast
1 cup luke warm water
2 tsps, sugar

1 cup molasses
12 cups flour
3 cups luke warm water
3 tbsp, melted butter
6 tbsp, sugar
4 tsp. salt
3 cups raisins
2 or 3 tsp. caraway seed

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup luke warm water to which 2 tsp. of sugar have been added.

Combine 3 cups lukewarm water, molasses and the melted butter, sift dry ingredients, add raisins and caraway seed, stir dissolved yeast into the molasses mixture, Stir in flour mixture. Knead for about 10 minutes, Place in a greased bowl and turn dough over 2 or 3 times to grease top and prevent a crust from forming. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 2 hours), Divide dough into 4 or 5 pieces and form into loaves. Place into greased pans and let rise until doubled in bulk about 1 hour. Bake at 375-F degrees until loaves give a hollow sound when tapped (about 1 hour). Brush tops with melted butter while hot if a soft crust is desired