Here in the South, it seems that the tastiest dishes have the greatest stories behind them. In 1734, the Salzburgers of Bavaria, escaping religious persecution, settled about 25 miles outside Savannah, Georgia, at the invitation of General Oglethorpe. Few reminders of their brave presence remain, but this special-occasion bread or kugelhof is a wonderful example of the diversity of our Southern foodways. Making any type of homemade bread requires a genuine labor of love. It's an arduous process making the dough from scratch. Then you must knead and pound it to guarantee that the dough will rise properly. However, once the dough rises, you're pretty much in the clear. Just stick it in the oven and prepare the sugary glaze. Pull it fresh out of the oven and brush it with butter, then drizzle the glaze graciously over the hot loaf. As the aroma fills the house, cut into it and serve it alongside ice cream at dessert or fresh fruit at brunch. This sweet raisin bread recipe is perfect to serve at special occasions, holidays, or even as a dish to welcome your new neighbors.