Irish Soda Bread
Pre heat oven to 350°F.
Cream butter and sugar together and set aside. In a medium bowl sift together the
flour, baking soda and salt. Add caraway seeds and combine. Drain the raisins and
add to the flour mixture, toss until raisins are coated well. Then add the butter
and sugar mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.
In a separate bowl whisk eggs and buttermilk together, then add to dry mixture and
mix together until a dough forms. On a parchment lined sheet pan, form a loaf.
Bake for 1 hour, at 350°F.
Slice and serve warm with butter. The next day toast and top with butter or
There are a number of substitutes for buttermilk in baking. For each cup of
buttermilk, you can use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough
milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes. You can also use 1
cup of plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.
Vinegar seems to thicken it a bit better. You may also use soymilk, which works
just as well.
1 stick softened butter
1 cup sugar
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 ½ cups raisins, softened in boiling water
1 ¼ buttermilk