3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk
Extra butter or margarine for basting

Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until resembles fine crumbs. (I use a fork to do this.Some people us a pastry blender!) Stir in raisins and buttermilk. (I soak my raisins in boiling water for 30 minutes, but this is not necessary). Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times until smooth.  Shape into a round loaf.  Place on a sprayed cookie sheet.  Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the loaf.  Baste the loaf with melted butter before baking and again a couple of times while baking.   Cook in preheated 375 degree oven 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.  Enjoy!

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Posted on 2016-03-07 by Judy Yeager