Vanilla Keks (Quick Bread)


2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
30 g/1 oz yeast
1/2 cup sugar
100 g/4 oz butter or margarine
2 eggs
50 g/2 oz raisins
50 g/2 oz walnuts or almonds
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a mixing bowl, add salt and flour and mix a stiff dough, collect it into a ball, make a cut on the top, put the dough into a pot with warm water (2 – 2 1/2 qt), cover the pot and leave in a warm place to rise. Beat egg with sugar and vanilla until the mixture becomes white, add softened butter and beat everything together until it is fluffy. When the dough doubles in volume take it out of the water with a skimmer, put into some other bowl and knead it, then add egg and butter mixture, knew it again until it becomes smooth and pulls away from the walls of the bowl, mix in raisins, and, if desired, walnuts or almonds. Put the dough into a mold (it should reach 1/2 up the walls of the mold), cover with a napkin and leave in warm place to rise. When the dough rises 3/4 up the walls of the mold, put it into a preheated oven for 30-50 minutes.

Take baked keys out of the mold, sprinkle with powdered sugar and transfer to a plate covered with a paper napkin.

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