Nana's Irish Soda Bread

I learned to make this recipe as a child. The original recipe came directly from Ireland. It is a wonderful addition to any meal but most appreciated with coffee or tea.


1 cup sugar
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 heaping tablespoons shortening
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 cup raisins
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add raisins,shortening,eggs and buttermilk and caraway seeds. Knead with hands. Dough will be very heavy.

Place in greased tube pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden.

Melt butter and pour on top. Sprinkle with sugar.

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