Combine the water, honey, and yeast in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Add the flour 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough becomes to stiff to mix, turn it out onto a floured board and knead for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Put it in a very lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour.
Remove the risen dough from the bowl and knead about ten times on a clean board. Roll out into a large rectangle about 15" X 14". Spread with filling to 1/2" of the edge. sprinkle raisins evenly over the filling. Roll the rectangle into a log, starting at the 15-in side, pinch the edges to seal, and slice into 1" thick rounds.
Place on a nonstick baking sheet, cover, and allow to rise for about 20 minutes, or until light. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown on top.