Classic Russian keks (sweet raisin bread) is moist, delicious and easy to make. The taste of this bread brings back memories of my childhood. This bread goes really well with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning.
1 ½ sticks (175 gr) butter- room temperature
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup raisins
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 325 F (170 C).
In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until sugar dissolves and the mixture becomes creamy and fluffy; add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add vanilla, salt and mix.
In a separate bowl stir raisins and baking powder into the flour, and mix until raisins are evenly coated.
Slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture, mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and dust with powdered sugar. Cool on a rack.
Slice and serve.