Irish Soda Bread
Note: I know there are TONS of different Irish Soda Breads out there, and they are all so different! This one probably isn't very authentic, but I figured if it was published in a calendar, it probably wasn't going to be a flop. And we liked it!
4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp caraway seeds
1/4 c butter
2 c raisins
1 1/3 c buttermilk (I keep powdered buttermilk on hand)
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg yolk, beaten
1) Mix flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl; stir in caraway seeds.
2) Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse meal. Stir in raisins and set aside.
3) Combine buttermilk*, egg and baking soda; stir into flour mixture just enough to moisten.
4) Turn onto floured board and knead lightly until dough is smooth; shape into a ball.
5) Place in a greased 2-quart casserole dish; brush with egg yolk.
6) Bake at 375 degrees for one hour. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from casserole dish. Let cool completely before slicing.
* If you are using powdered buttermilk, make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging.
source: From the Gooseberry Patch 2009 Calendar