- 4-4.5 cups of whole wheat flour -- or a mixture of whole wheat flour and plain white flour
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
- Buttermilk (2 cups)
- Raisins (1 cup)
- Sugar (2 tablespoons)
- Butter (4 tablespoons)
- 1 Egg, beaten softly
- Pre-heat oven at 425 degrees. Mix together flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
- Use a knife or pie cutter to knead butter into the flour concoction. The texture should look like coarse meal. Add raisins.
- Leave a hole in the middle of the flour mixture and then add the buttermilk and egg to this hole. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Continue until the dough is too firm to mix any longer.
- Add a little flour to your hands and work the dough in the bowl enough to form a rough ball, but no more! Too much will work against it. Move the dough to a new surface coated with flour. Here you can mold it into a loaf.
- Now slightly grease a skillet or a baking sheet and move the dough onto this. With a sharp knife, cut a cross or "X" shape about half an inch deep into the dough. Historically this is said to bless the bread!
- Put it into the oven now and bake until golden brown, which is about 40 minutes. Depending on the pan you placed in the oven, it may take a few more minutes to heat up.
- Tap the underside of the bread with a spoon; it should sound hollow when done.
Sticking a thin spear into the center of the bread should reveal how well baked it is. And finally, move the finished bread to a safe rack and allow it time to cool.
Best served warm in slices to a room full of friends!