Mom in-law is visiting and she has been craving raisin bread… I, trying to be the dutiful DIL made many attempts to please her. Here is one of the efforts.
A slight variation from the classic Irish soda bread, here I added an egg to the recipe resulting in a softer cake like texture.
Flour – 1.5 cups
Butter – 100 gms
Egg – 1
Raisins – 1/2 cup
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Buttermilk – about 1 cup
Sieve together flour and baking soda.
Cut up cold butter into small pieces and rub into the flour using hands or a pastry cutter ( I even put everything into a blender and whisk once), till it looks like coarse meal. Add the raisins.
Mix the egg and half of the buttermilk together and beat with a fork.
Add the egg mixture to the flour and mix with a spatula till it all just comes together. If the liquid is too less add more buttermilk.
Bake till sides are golden.
This is a quick and easy cake to make for those with no patience or time..
The egg-less version of this is a huge hit with some of my vegetarian friends! The same recipe, just omit the egg and adjust the liquid accordingly!