4 cups sifted white flour
2 teaspoon caraway seeds(optional)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups light or dark raisins
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg unbeaten
Topping: 1 egg yolk for topping (or extra butter)
Heat oven to 375 ? grease pan and lightly flour.
In mixing bowl add flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda (caraway seeds if you want) and stir. Cut in butter until coarse and stir in raisins; combine buttermilk egg, and stir until flour mixture is moistened.
Turn dough onto floured surface; knead lightly until smooth and shape into ball. Place in pan and smooth top. With sharp knife make a 4" cross, ¼" deep in center top. Beat yolk lightly with fork and brush over top or cut 4 patties of butter or margarine. Bake: 1 hour and 10 minutes or until done; remove and cool before slicing.