3 – 1/2 cups sifted flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 – 1/2 cups seeded raisins (I like to mix the dark & light together. I also soak them in warm water for a few minutes as it plumps them up.)
1 T. caraway seeds (optional – I don’t use caraway unless I know the person getting it likes them.)
1 – 1/2 cups buttermilk (I may add a little extra if the batter looks too dry after mixing.)
2 T. melted butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together into a large mixing bowl, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder & soda. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds (optional). Beat eggs, then add buttermilk & butter, mix together. Add to dry ingredients and mix lightly. (If you like your soda bread a little moister, you can add a small amount of buttermilk here).
Pour mixture into a well-greased cast iron skillet. Before putting in the oven, take a knife and make the sign of the cross on the top of the bread. I was told it was to bless those who ate it. It might just be a family tradition. Bake for 1 hour.
(Tie a green bow around the bread and give to a favorite lad or lassie.)
While you’re here – you might want to read about Pittsburgh’s Irish Heritage.