Irish Bread

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Recipe for Irish Bread. This raisin and currant studded bread recipe is from County Cork, Ireland. If you have any leftover day old bread, fry it in a little bit of butter -- it's out of this world!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds

Directions

  1. Soak currants for 3 min in tap water and drain well.
  2. Sift first 3 ingredients in large bowl. Work butter in with hands. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients except one egg yolk, then add to dry ingredients. Grease an oven proof skillet with vegetable shortening. Spread dough in pan and top with beaten egg yolk. Bake for 35-45 min or until nicely browned. Remove immediately from pan when finished baking.