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Happy St. Patrick's Day

   I hope you're all having a great St. Patrick's Day.  I thought I'd share with you our family recipe for Irish bread.  The recipe came from my husband's grandmother who was born in County Down.  It's not an Irish soda bread, but more like a sweet bread.  The story was that this was the holiday bread, not for everyday.  My  mother-in-law used to make this for any occasion that required food; someone was sick, a funeral, a bake sale and of course for the holidays.  When I asked her for the recipe she said she really didn't use one, that her mother-in-law had taught her how to make it.  So, I sat and watched her and as she got ready to put the ingredients in the bowl , I would measure them.   I took a while, but I finally perfected the recipe.   Hope you enjoy it!

Dodsey's Irish Bread


1 cup raisins
4 Tbl  butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1/4 cup caraway seeds
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk


Heat oven to 325°.  Pour boiling water over raisins in a strainer to plump.  Melt butter and cool.

Sift flour, baking powder and sugar together into a large mixing bowl. Stir in caraway seeds.  Add melted butter, eggs and mix until blended; add milk. Mix until thoroughly blended.   (This can be done in a mixer or by hand).

Stir in raisins.

Grease and flour (or use flour cooking spray) a 9" cast iron skillet. Pour in batter and bake about 1hour.  (Although traditionally cooked in cast iron, you can also make it is a 9" round glass or ceramic pan.)  When tester comes out clean, remove from pan immediately and let cool on a wire rack.



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