Monday, May 19, 2008

Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is part of Quaile Family tradition. Mom always served it at every holiday turkey dinner, sort of as an alternative to biscuits or rolls. It's also great lightly toasted with a cup of coffee. This bread is the main reason I wanted to own a cast iron skillet!

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 tsp salt
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and pour into a buttered cast iron skillet. Bake 45 minutes or until lightly golden.

You could bake this in a layer pan, but Mom always baked it in a skillet, so of course, that's how I always do it. Another thing Mom always did is she used to cut it across the diameter and then slice perpendicular to the first cut, making flat slices. It goes a lot further this way, instead of cutting it into wedges.

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