Rich Raisin Irish Soda Bread
|Flour||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Butter/Margarine||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), softened|
|Raisins||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Caraway seed||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Buttermilk||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Egg||1 , slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water|
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Stir in raisins and caraway seed.
Add buttermilk, blending to moisten the dry ingredients.
Turn dough onto a floured board; knead for several minutes until smooth.
Form dough into a round ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
Flatten ball until dough is about 1 1/2 inches high; brush top and sides with egg-water mixture.
Cut a 1/2-inch deep cross in top of bread with sharp knife.
Bake in a 375Â° oven 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Transfer to wire rack to cool; brush top with butter or margarine and cover with cloth.