Kerry's Irish Soda Bread

This delicious recipe was cooked for this year’s Poor Seminarian’s Cook-Off. It makes for a great appetizer or quick snack!

Ingredients:

-4 cups all purpose flour

-1 cup granulated sugar

-1 tablespoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

-1 cup raisins

-3 small eggs

-3/4 cup milk or buttermilk

Instructions: 

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease baking sheet to set aside

-In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt

-Using 2 knives held together or a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal

-Stir in raisins

-In a small bowl, mix eggs and milk, then poor over dry ingredients

-Stir lightly with fork or large spoon until most of the dry ingredients are moistened

-Mix until all ingredients are well-combined and the dough is a yellowish color (The texture will be pasty and sticky; if it feels too dry add more milk)

-Separate the dough into two clumps and shape into balls, place on prepared cookie sheet near opposite corners

-Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the crust is golden brown