Somewhere along the line raisin bread went the wrong way and ended up at this overly sweet, gooey place, all swirls of cinnamon and sugar. And there's nothing wrong with that exactly -- but when you want a good piece of toast it's just not the thing. Thankfully, the Rock Hill Bakehouse has avoided this wrong turn.
The raisin bread from Rock Hill is OK right out of the bag, but we're not sure why you'd ever eat it like that if you could toast it. Because this bread makes some awfully good toast.
We think the secret is its density. There's enough heft so that the outside can get crusty, but the inside stays a little chewy. And it stays hot after toasting -- an important thing because no one likes cold toast.
Sure, this bread does have some sweetness, but it's not overpowering. And it mainly comes from the large raisins that generously stud the dense loaf, not some kind of sugary cinnamon swirl.
It's a great treat in the morning. Though, who are we kidding -- we could eat this pretty much any time of the day. It's good with butter, but also give it a try with some cream cheese.
Rock Hill products are, of course, available at their cafe in Glens Falls and bakery in Gansevoort, but also look for their stuff in Hannaford, Price Chopper and the Honest Weight Co-op.
Rock Hill Bakehouse and Cafe
19 Exchange St
Glens Falls, NY 12801
There's also a store at their wholesale facility in Gansevoort:
21 Saratoga Rd
Gansevoort, NY 12831
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