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RECIPE: Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a delectable accompaniment to any meal, and at its best fresh out of the oven. This hearty bread makes the most perfect, fruit-filled toast to have with some tea, or maybe Irish coffee.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins or dried currants, rinsed in hot water and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Directions

Into a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and stir in raisins and caraway seeds. Add buttermilk and stir the mixture until it forms a dough. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Halve the dough, and with floured hands shape each half into a round loaf. Transfer the loaves to a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut an X ¼-inch deep across the tops of the loaves with a sharp knife and bake the loaves in the middle of a preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Transfer the loaves to racks and let them cool.

– Rose Barrett

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