Irish Soda Bread


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 T sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup raisins

2 tsp. caraway seed, if desired (I left out)

1 cup buttermilk

1 T butter, melted


Heat oven to 375F.


Grease 8-inch round cake pan.  In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; blend well.  Using pastry blender or fork, cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in raisins and caraway seed, if using.  Add milk all at once; blend well.  On well-floured surface, knead dough 5 or 6 times or until no longer sticky.  Press dough in greased pan.  With sharp knife, cut an "X" 1/4-inch deep on top of loaf.  Brush with melted butter.


Bake for 25 to 35 minutes (I had to bake mine for 35) or until golden brown.  Immediately remove from pan; cool on wire rack.  Serve warm.


Makes 1 loaf.


Source:  Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking

Printed from Brenda’s Canadian Kitchen