"This recipe originally calls for either orange juice or lemon juice. But for a kick, you can add whiskey instead. You can also use celery seed instead of caraway seeds or nuts of your choice instead of currants.
- "What butter and whiskey will not cure there's no cure for.""
In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. Cut shortening into mixture with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse oatmeal.
Add currants and caraway seeds (or substitutes). Blend gently. Gradually mix in buttermilk.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes or until dough is smooth. Form into an eight inch round and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut a cross 1/2 inch deep into top center of the dough. Brush milk lightly across top of loaf.
Bake for 40-45 minutes in a preheated 375°F oven. Cool on a wire rack.