With this bread recipe, I'm happy to say that I've experienced yeast success! I opted to nix the raisins, but followed the rest of the recipe as written. Initially, as the dough was coming together it was soft and sticky, so the stand mixer w. dough hook definitely came in handy.
WOW - this bread was delicious! I've been taking nice thick slices of this bread, slathering them with butter and cinnamon sugar, and popping them in the toaster oven to make unbelievably yummy cinnamon toast.