This is not a traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe. How do I know?
According to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread (yep, there be such a thing) it cannot be a traditional recipe if it tastes good. And if it contains raisins it is actually called Spotted Dog. Gotta love that.
So what we have here is definitely a Spotted Dog recipe, a delicious quick-bread made with buttermilk, raisins and caraway seeds. So good you'll forgo the "no dogs at the table" rule.
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour or fine flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 375°.
Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together. Using your fingers, cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds.
Beat the egg and combine it with the buttermilk and baking soda. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two, until smooth.
Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased round casserole dish or cake pan. Cut a 1/4-inch deep "X" across the top.
Bake at 375° until a wooden skewer in the center comes out clean, 35-45 minutes.
Makes 1 round loaf. To serve, slice the bread into wedges or simply pull apart; there's nothing like "breaking bread" with friends.