Our good friend Kerry, a nice Irish girl, follows tradition and makes this delicious Irish Bread every year around St. Patrick's Day for us. It is such a special treat and definitely gets our morning started on the right foot. This year we were very lucky and she shared her recipe with us! Everyone should make sure they have a piece of this before they dress in their green and start celebrating.
Irish Bread Recipe
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 stick of butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 cup of raisins
Additional butter and sugar for topping
Preheat the oven to 375°
In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and set aside.
Then, in a different bowl cream the butter, add the sugar, the egg (beaten) and the buttermilk.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients - mix by hand. Then, add the raisins at the very end.
Once all of the ingredients are combined, pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 375° for 30 minutes and then reduce heat to 325° for 30 minutes.
Once the pan is out of the oven melt some additional butter and sprinkle some sugar on top.
Sugar Suggestions: To plump the raisins, soak them in water.