Mix the dry ingredients very well, then add in the raisins.
Stir in the oil and syrup.
Add the warm water slowly and mix until blended (you may not need all the water).
Turn out onto a clean floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic.
Oil a bowl, place the dough in it, cover with a clean cloth and set aside somewhere warm to rise.
Leave to double in size, then turn out it out and knead again lightly.
Form the dough into a smooth sausage shape, place in a well-greased loaf tin, cover and set aside again to rise.
Brush the top of the loaf with a little milk (or an egg-wash if you prefer).
Bake at 180 deg C for 30-40 minutes, until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
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