The Damhuis cookbook, Recipes and Memories of a House, is more than just a recipe book – it’s a collector’s item that captures the rich history of the Cape and celebrates delicious South African cuisine, seasonal ingredients and memories made around the table with family and friends.

If you are looking for a treat that is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat, then look no further than this simple raisin bread recipe.

Remember, Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House is on sale now and can be found at leading bookstores or purchased online in English or Afrikaans.


Raisin Bread Recipe from Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House – Makes 1 Loaf



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ cups soft butter
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup seedless raisins



  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
  2. Heat the milk and stir in the butter, sugar and salt until dissolved. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water and add to the milk mixture. Add half of the flour and mix well. Add the raisins and the rest of the flour and mix well. Let the dough stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Knead the dough very well until soft and elastic. Let it rise at room temperature so that it doubles in size. Punch down and put in a bread pan. Let it rise again for 40 minutes. Bake for 45 minutes.



For another sneak peek of Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House, read the excerpt of acclaimed author Reinet Nagtegaal about the first inhabitants of the plot of land that would later become Damhuis Restaurant.