What would St Patrick’s Day be without a traditional loaf of Irish Soda bread. And today is a good reason to bake up a loaf even if you aren’t Irish. It is just perfect with a cup of tea and yet hearty enough to serve along side a meaty entree.
An advantage of quick breads is their ability to be prepared quickly, without requiring the time and temperature control needed for traditional yeast breads.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour (reserving the extra), sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds.
Whisk well to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients.
In a smaller bowl, blend together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream. You will want to use a bigger bowl than I did 😉
Blended wet ingredients.
Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir just until blended.
Heavens, I almost forgot to add the raisins!
Stir just until all dry ingredients are moistened being careful not to over mix.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Dust with the remaining flour.
Dip a knife in flour and make an X mark into the top. Batter will be sticky.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
High King of Heaven, my victory won,