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Irene Sullivan's Irish Soda Bread


4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup raisins or currants (or less if you want)

1 Tablespoon caraway seeds

a "drop" of oil (approx 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil to make it cake-like)



Irene's recipe simply says:

"Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour."


But some of us novice bakers need a little more direction than that so this is how I prepared it:


·         Preheat oven to 350 degrees

·         Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl

·         Gently form into a round loaf

·         Place in a greased 9" round cake pan (alternatively, you could bake it on a sheet pan or cast iron skillet)

·         Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees

(check doneness by inserting a wooden skewer - it should come out clean)