Irish Soda Bread

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a loaf of this aromatic bread.

Irish Soda Bread
Courtesy of Maureen Jennings

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 rounded teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 box raisins
2 eggs, lightly beatened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch oven-proof skillet or cast-iron skillet.

Mix dry ingredients and raisins thoroughly in a large bowl. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together eggs, butter and buttermilk. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into skillet. Bake 50 to 60 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a butter knife into the center of the bread. When the knife comes out clean, bread is done. Remove from skillet and cool on a wire rack.