- Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
- Servings: one loaf
- Preparation Time: 20 minutes
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 2 cups of raisins or currants
- 1 1/3 cups of buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons honey
- sugar, for decoration
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, sugar and baking powder.
- Rub in butter until corse mixture is formed (small chunks of butter are supposed to be left in dough).
- Add raisins or currants and lightly fold into mix.
- In a medium bowl, stir together buttermilk, baking soda, egg, and honey.
- Add the liquid mixture into flour mixture gradually, stirring until a wet dough forms.
- Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead for 1-2 minutes.
- Shape into a ball and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with sugar and cut a deep cross in the center of the dough ball.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes (bread is temperamental depending on temperature of the oven, watch it very closely) or until golden brown.
NotesThis is the first loaf of bread I had ever made. It is perfect for beginners because it gets it's lift from baking soda and baking powder, instead of yeast. It is a slightly sweet bread, so breakfast or tea would be the best time for serving it.