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Ella's Irish Soda Bread

Courtesy of John Mooney
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Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 2 cups seedless raisins
  • 6 cups sifted flour
  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup margarine (2 sticks)
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Preparation

1.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse raisins in hot water, and then drain well.

2.

Sift together all dry ingredients. Cut in margarine until a coarse, mealy consistency.

3.

Add buttermilk, raisins and caraway seeds. Stir all ingredients.

4.

Turn dough into a greased 8-inch round cast iron skillet and make a crisscross on the top.

5.

Bake in preheated oven on 400 degrees F for 1 hour or until golden. Test with a toothpick (a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread should come out clean). Serve with sweet cream butter or clotted cream (clotted cream is a very thick cream available at some grocery stores and gourmet food stores).

Source: Courtesy of chef John Mooney, Bell Book & Candle, New York City; Bidwell, Washington, D.C.