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Irish Soda Bread (D, TNT)
Source: A friend's MIL
Serves: 4 to 6

4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 pound butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup (or more) raisins
1 tbsp. (or more) caraway seeds

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine dry ingredients. Add butter and buttermilk, stir well.

Add raisins and caraway seeds, stir well.

Bake in a pre-greased cast iron skillet about 35 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness at approximately 30 minutes. It will come out clean when bread is done.

Poster's Notes:
I cover the top with foil for the last 10 minutes, to prevent it from burning.

OPTIONAL: Sprinkle sugar on top after taking bread out of oven.

I think I'd try about an 8"x8" or 9"x9" pan. The 9"x13" seems too big. Or, you can stop by and borrow my cast iron pan--I rarely use it! I just measured the cast iron pan. It is 10" across. Of course the sides slope inwards a lot.

My mom used to cook quite a bit in cast iron. It's actually very healthy, because some of the iron leaches into the food, and acts as a mineral supplement. However, Teflon is so much easier, so I rarely use my cast iron.

Posted by Marilyn Kerman

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A