2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup California raisins
1-1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds. Add buttermilk; blend to moisten the dry ingredients.
Turn dough onto floured board; knead for several minutes until smooth. Form dough into a round ball and place on greased baking sheet. Flatten ball until dough is about 1-1/2 inches thick; brush top and sides with egg-water mixture. Cut a
1/2-inch deep cross in top of bread with sharp knife.
Bake at 375°F for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack to cool; brush top with butter or margarine and cover with cloth, until cool.
Yields: 1 round soda bread (12 slices)