Excited, anxious, and a bit nervous; I had the best of intentions. Yet, ultimately, I still couldn't leave well enough alone. The recipe called for 1/2 cup each of walnuts and raisins...that didn't seem like nearly enough, so I just about doubled it* and was on my way.
Prepared for the 18 hour rise:
Note: This was the first opportunity I had to use an awesome new gadget that found its way into my kitchen via my Amazon recommendations.
The dough, 3/4 of a day later:
Time for the second rise:
After the second rise it never looks any different to me. I suppose it's possible that it's slightly more spread out, but I don't see that any considerable, additional rising has taken place.
I managed not to burn myself on the pot this time, and into the oven it went. Halfway through and looking good.
The raisins on the outside of the loaf were a little well done, but other than that it was fine.
No, better than fine: really great, in fact. Cross section:
*The doubled walnuts and raisins were the perfect amount. Next time I will definitely add extra cinnamon as well!