This is one of those recipes that takes me back to my childhood every time I make it. Mom always made this for St. Patty's Day and occasionally throughout the rest of the year. This was one of her personal favorites. Not everyone likes the flavor of caraway seeds, so you can leave them out, if you like. I'm thinking of using the base and substituting dried pears and cardamom....that sounds sooo very yummy to me. OOOOO - and pear butter to go with......I'll let y'all know how that turns out.
This bread is not cake like, it is more bread-like than other quick bread recipes that you may find. It is also not very sweet, so it works as either a slightly sweet treat or as a side to go with lunch or dinner. I serve this warm, either plain or with butter.
3 cups of flour
3 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup sugar
1 cup mixed raisins – dark and light
2 tbsp cold butter, diced
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups milk
1 ½ tsp caraway seeds
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Blend in butter with a pastry blender
Add remaining ingredients and mix by hand
Grease and flour an oversized loaf pan. If you double the recipe, this will make three 5 X 7 loaves and will freeze very well.
Bake at 375’ for 50 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the bread comes out clean.
It also makes great muffins and works well for "tea" or as an afternoon snack.
I hope y'all enjoy!!