Today is my dear sister in law's birthday. For St Patrick's Day this year I made one of her delicious recipes. The boys loved it; especially my bread-aholic son SSP. He loves just butter sandwiches. Crazy kid! I think he would live on bread and butter if I let him.
Sweet Irish Bread
adpated from: http://beautifulmess46.blogspot.com/2013/03/sweet-irish-morning-bread.html
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
2 cups flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
1 cup raisins, softened in 1/4 cup water with a splash of lemon extract (I microwaved these ingredients together for a few seconds)
In a large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar. Stir in eggs and sour cream. In another bowl/measuring cup, mix together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Slowly add to wet ingredients. Stir/fold in raisins. Pour in a well-greased 9x5inch bread pan. Bake at 350 for an hour. This bread smells wonderful as it bakes. Serve warm with a slather of butter or without (whatever suits your fancy).