2 C. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 T. sugar
6 T. shortening
2/3 C. raisins, brown or golden or mixed
2 t. caraway
1 C. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375?F.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar. Using a pastry blender or fingertips, work the shortening into the flour
until the consistency is the same as that of small peas. Stir in the raisins and caraway and mix to distribute evenly.
Gradually stir in the buttermilk, 1/4 cup at a time, using only enough to allow the dough to come together. Knead the dough for 1 - 2 minutes.
Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut a "X" on the top and over the sides of the loaf. Bake for 45 minutes or until
the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a rack