Irish Raisin Bread
There is absolutely nothing more loving than fresh baked bread. I remember going to my Grandmas’ house when she was baking bread. The aroma was wonderful and we could hardly wait for the bread to be out of the oven and ready to eat. There was nothing better than her warm bread with a bit of butter or her apple butter. These are wonderful memories of a beautiful Grandma and her old fashioned cooking.
Grandmas are wonderful people and a treasure but we are so different from the women of yesterday. Grandma wore the sensible shoes, cotton stockings, and a drab cotton dress that resembled the clothes worn at the turn of the 19th century. She wore her hair parted in the middle and pulled back into a bun at the nape of her neck. Grandma was a precious lady.
Raisins are a great addition to many recipes and this bread is no exception. There can be other ingredients added: walnuts, pecans, or other items of your choice.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Makes 2 loaves or 24 slices
- 5 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup butter
- 2 ½ cups raisins
2 ½ cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Grease and flour two loaf pans or two 9-inch cast iron skillets.
- Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs then stir in the raisins.
- Add buttermilk and egg to the mixture, mixing only until the flour is moistened.
- Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.