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Recipe for family meals :

Irish Soda Bread

This recipe comes from the the Bitchin Kitchen web site which is run by Faith Heinauer. This is what she said in describing Bitchin Kitchen:

"I grew up in a household that loved not only food, but also the creative process of cooking and entertaining. My father is a professional chef and my mother was a former pastry chef. After earning my degree in hotel and restaurant management, I joined my father's catering business and started teaching cooking classes. Growing up in the restaurant scene offers a lot of culinary observations; add my knack for experimenting in the kitchen, and you've got my collection of recipes and tricks of the trade. So, if you want to talk food, get a great recipe or hear the latest culinary scoop, you're at the right place!"

"Irish food is unfussy, hearty and usually includes potatoes. This shephard’s pie is typical Irish fare… it’s substantial, simple and topped with creamy spuds. Pair it with the soda bread and a Guinness beer, and hopefully you’ll be kissed with the luck of the Irish!"


1 3/4 cup flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon caraway seeds

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch baking pan.
  • Sift or stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg and milk. When thoroughly mixed. Mix in the flour mixture, raisins and caraway seeds. Mix until combined.
  • Pour batter into baking pan. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan or on a cooling rack.