3 1/2 cups/875 ml all-purpose flour
3 tbsp/50 ml granulated sugar
3/4 cup/175 ml raisins (optional)
1 tbsp/15 ml caraway seeds (optional)
1 tbsp/15 ml baking powder
1 tsp/5 ml baking soda
1/2 tsp/2 ml salt
1 1/2 cups/375 ml buttermilk
3 tbsp/50 ml melted butter
1 egg
  • In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, raisins and caraway seeds (if using), baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter and egg; pour over dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
  • Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface; knead lightly just until dough holds together.
  • Place on greased baking sheet; flatten into 9 inch (23 cm) round.
  • With sharp knife, score top into eights.
  • Bake in 375 F (190 C) oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  • Let pan cool on rack for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings.