Grandma's Irish Soda Bread


Caraway seeds and raisins flavor this family favorite.

Time: 1 hour 20 mins.

4 cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

2 Tbs. caraway seeds

¼ cup butter

1 cup light or dark raisins

1-1/3 cups buttermilk

1 whole egg, unbeaten

1 tsp. baking soda

1 egg yolk, beaten

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Grease a round 2-quart casserole dish; set aside.

Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl.

Stir in caraway seeds.

With two knives or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until dry mixture resembles coarse corn meal.

Stir in raisins.

In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, whole egg, and baking soda.

Stir liquid mixture into flour mixture until just moistened; don’t over mix.

Turn dough only lightly floured surface and knead lightly until smooth.

Shape dough into a ball and place in buttered casserole dish.

With a sharp knife, make a four-inch cross 1/4” deep in the center of the loaf.

Brush the top of the loaf with egg yolk.

Bake about 1 hour or until done.

Cool loaf for 10 minutes before removing it to finish cooling on a rack.