Irish Soda Bread
3 c. unbleached white flour
1 1/2 sticks cold butter
2 t. baking powder
2 c. raisins (dark or golden)
1 t. baking soda
1 beaten egg
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. honey or sugar
1/2 c. buttermilk (I use "soured" milk)
Preheat oven to 350*. Butter or spray two 8" cake pans.
Stir together flour, baking powder, soda & salt in large mixing bowl.
Cut-in butter with a pastry blender. Add raisins & toss to evenly distribute and coat raisins with flour.
In another bowl, beat egg & honey (if using sugar, add to above dry ingredients) & blend. Beat in buttermilk (if using soured milk, put 1 T. vinegar into a 1 cup measuring cup and add milk to 1 cup line. Let sit to sour a few minutes and you'll notice a curdling appearance - this is a great substitute for buttermilk in recipes).
Gradually pour the liquids into the flour mixture, tossing with a fork so the mixture gets evenly moistened. Continue tossing until dough forms a ball, it will be rough and lumpy.
Knead dough several times & shape into 2 rounds with floured hands; place into pans. You can make shallow X cuts on top. Bake 45 min. to 1 hr. until done; do not under bake. Cut out a piece to test if necessary. Cut into wedges and serve warm with butter. Serve 8-10