Yes, I know St. Patrick’s Day is over, but I really wanted to put this recipe up because it is so easy and it tastes so amazing. I’m actually going to make this for Easter. It will go great with the salty ham. My mom asked me to make a loaf for her job…she put it out at 9:00am and it was gone by 10:00am!
6 tablespoons butter melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins, firmly packed
1 tablespoon milk, for glaze
1 tablespoon coarse sugar, for topping
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, and beat on high speed for about 2 minutes. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then 1 cup of the flour. Gently beat in half the buttermilk, then another cup of the flour. Add the remainder of the buttermilk, and the final cup of flour, mixing until smooth. Stir in the raisins.
Spoon the batter into a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Drizzle the milk atop the batter, and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake the bread in a preheated 375°F oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, Tent a sheet of aluminum foil over the top for the final 15 minutes so the top doesn’t burn. Use a tooth pick or skewer to make sure the bread is done. It should come out clean.
Remove the bread from the oven, wait about 5 minutes, then remove it from pan to a cooling rack. Allow the bread to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.