Quick breads are easy to make and take less time than yeast dough because
you only have to let it rise once. Irish soda bread can be made with buttermilk
or you can sour ordinary milk by adding vinegar with the same results. The
following recipe is especially tasty and needs no butter, as it's in the dough.


Irish soda bread makes 1 loaf
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2 cups milk 2 tbsp caraway seed
2 tbsp vinegar 1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raisins 2 tsp baking powder
4 cups flour 1 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar 1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter, cut into bits and softened
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In a large mixing bowl, combine milk and vinegar. Submerge raisins in hot water. In another
bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tbsp butter and work with your fingers. Squeeze
water from raisins; add to the dry mix with the caraway, baking soda and baking powder.
Mix thoroughly, add the milk mixture, and stir until all ingredients are blended. Grease a
heavy iron skillet with butter and pour the batter into the skillet and even it out with a
spatula. Heat oven to 350. Pour melted butter over the dough followed by the sugar.
Bake for 45 minutes or until bread is done. An inserted toothpick should come out clean
when done. Remove from oven, turn bread onto a rack and cool completely. Serve.