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Ella's Irish Soda Bread
Courtesy of John Mooney
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  • 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


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).