Grandma Nell O’Connor’s Soda Bread

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3 – 1/2 cups sifted flourGrandma Nell's Soda Bread

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.)

2 eggs

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.

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