The 100% Irish family I married into approves of this recipe! Adapted from Mary Burke’s Irish Soda Bread recipe published in the Boston Globe Taste section 2006)
Yield: 2 large loaves
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter @ room temperature
3 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar + little more for sprinkling
4 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoons baking soda
pinch of salt
1 ½ cups plain yogurt
¼ cup water
1 cup raisins / currants
Set oven to 350
Butter/ spray two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans
In large mixer/ bowl: cream butter, add flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Mix well.
Other bowl: stir together water, yogurt and egg.
Mix the wet and dry mixtures together well, stir in raisins.
Transfer to pans, dividing evenly, sprinkle tops with a little sugar.
Bake 40 min or until tops are golden, etc.