“My husband’s family is Irish. Wanting to impress my future mother-in-law, I baked this bread and took it along with me when I met her the first time. Needless to say, it worked!” —Padmini Roy-Dixon, Columbus, Ohio
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
- In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
- Transfer to a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Irish Soda Bread in Healthy Cooking December/January 2011, p33
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