Irish Soda Bread with Caraway


4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup raisins
1-1/3 cups sour milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water


Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and caraway seeds. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is fine. Stir in raisins. Combine milk, beaten eggs, and soda, and add to flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Turn onto floured board and knead until smooth. Shape into oblong loaf and place on greased baking sheer. Slash top with sharp knife. Brush with egg and water mixture. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on bottom. Brush again with egg mixture while bread is still hot.


Makes 2 loaves.

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Baking powder in a "Soda Bread"

There is no baking powder in a traditional Soda Bread - the only leavening agent used is baking soda!!!!