Irish Soda Bread

I've never been a fan of Irish Soda Bread, to me it's dry and really nothing special.  Well that all changed when my quilting friend RoseAnn brought a loaf of her recipe to our quilt group lunch.  It's moist and sweet and all the things any Irish Soda Bread I have had in the past is not.  I know it's not St. Patrick's Day, but this bread is great anytime of year.  Slice it up and spread on some real butter and you'll be smitten.  This recipe makes 2 loaves.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter (cut into cubes)

2 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

2 cups raisins

1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease 2 loaf pans.  

In a large bowl, whisk together the 5 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Drop in the butter cubes and using a pastry blender (or your fingers if you don't have one) work the butter into the flour.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together.  Using a wooden spoon mix the buttermilk/egg mixture into the flour mixture.  Stir until just combined being careful to not over mix.  

Toss the 2 cups of raisins with the 1 Tbsp. of flour until they are covered in flour.  Add the raisins to the mix, stirring until just combined.  

Drop the mixture evenly into the 2 prepared loaf pans.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 and bake for an additional 40 minutes.  Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.  Slice and spread with butter and enjoy!