Soda Bread #3 - Raisins

SODA BREAD #3 - RAISINS

    4-1/4 to  4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    4 tsp     baking powder
    1/2 tsp   baking soda
    1 tsp     salt
    3 tbsp    granulated sugar
    1 tsp     caraway seeds
    1 cup     dark seedless raisins
    2 cup     buttermilk
    butter
    sugar

    Heat  oven to 350F.   Grease a large cast-iron skillet or baking
    sheet.

    In a large bowl,  mix 4 C. flour with the baking powder,  baking
    soda,  salt, sugar and caraway seeds.  Add raisins,  making sure
    they are separated.

    Add  buttermilk  to a bowl and stir with a  wooden  spoon  until
    mixture  forms  a dough.   Sprinkle about 1/4  cup of  remaining
    flour on a board.   Turn out dough and knead lightly for about 5
    minutes,  working in the flour from the board and forming  dough
    into a smooth, round loaf about 8 inches in diameter.

    Press  loaf evenly into pan and cut a cross 1/2 inch deep in the
    top. Bake 1hour and 15 minutes, or until loaf sounds hollow when
    tapped  on  the  bottom.  Put loaf on wire rack,  rub  top  with
    butter, and sprinkle with sugar.