Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
Source: "Irish Heritage Cookbook" Adopted 9/06 (Mean Chef)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk
- 1⁄4 cup corn oil
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 1 cup golden raisin
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with.
- parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk, and oil together.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture.
- Add the caraway seeds and raisins.
- Stir until a soft dough has formed.
- Shape the dough into a large ball on a lightly floured board (flour your hands if necessary for easier handling).
- With a sharp knife, make a cross on the top.
- Place on the prepared pan.
- Brush the top with the milk.
- Bake in the center of the oven until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
Top of my quick bread list. I hate air breads from the store. I of course changed it a bit. I used 1/2 Whole Wheat flour and 1/2 unbleached flour. I also replace the corn oil with coconut oil to increase the health benefits. If I don't have buttermilk, which is most of the time, I use a mixture of 1/2 milk and 1/2 sour cream. I also ditch the raisans most of the time and never do the caraway seeds. I don't bother with brushing the top with milk I do this with coconut oil after it is baked to keep the top soft. My kids like it better that way. I also double it more than not. These are all minor changes to the basic recipe.
This bread was SO good. I brought it to a St's Pat's dinner party and it was a huge hit. I substituted poppy seeds for caraway b/c the grocery store didn't have any caraway seeds. Not purist but still delish. Quick and easy too.
As far as I'm concerned It should be 10 Stars EXCELLENT!