Irish Soda Bread

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Submitted by Kathy Boyle, www.chapinhill.com

½ cup sugar
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
3 cups raisins ** I use more like 2 – 2 ½ cups
1 Tblsp caraway seeds
2 eggs beaten
1 ¼ cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9” round metal pan
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, caraway seeds and raisins.
In a separate bowl beat eggs and add in buttermilk and sour cream.
Stir the wet mix into the dry mix and blend a bit until the flour mix is blended in. Do not over mix or the bread will be chewy. Roll out onto a lightly floured board and knead about 10-12 times.
Shape into a circle, mark an “x” in the middle of the round and bake 65-75 minutes until lightly browned and the bread sounds hollow if you knock on the bottom.
You can also shape this into 3 smaller loaves, place on a cookie sheet and bake about  35-45 minutes.