I'm very excited to post my Irish Soda Bread recipe early in the month of March so there will be plenty of time to try this recipe. This is the best Irish Soda Bread recipe I have ever tasted, and I have tasted a lot of soda bread over the years. This recipe is made in a large 11 3/4 inch cast iron skillet. What makes this recipe stand above all the rest is its cake-like consistency. The bread is moist and flavorful and serves a crowd. This recipe can also be frozen wrapped in quarters. Slathering a slice with butter makes me a happy lass. (20 servings)
Irish Soda Bread
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cups of sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
2 1/2 cups golden raisins
2 1/2 teaspoons of caraway seeds
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
1. Sift first five ingredients together.
2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles course corn meal.
3. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.
4. Add buttermilk and egg to dry mixture blending only until all flour is moistened.
5. Generously butter a 11 3/4 heavy cast iron skillet. Turn the batter into the skillet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour or until firm and browned. Be careful not to over cook or bread will be dry.
Remove from skill and cool on a rack.