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Irish Soda Bread

Updated: May 29, 2022

2 cups flour

1 ½ tsp double acting baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

¼ cup chilled butter

1 egg, beaten

2/3 cup buttermilk

½ -1 cup raisins

2tsp caraway seeds

Preheat the oven to 375°.

In a medium/large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and chilled butter, with a fork or pastry blender, until the mixture has a consistency of coarse cornmeal.

Stir in the raisins and the caraway seeds and set aside.

In a small bowl mix together the beaten egg and the buttermilk. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead briefly. Place in a foil loaf pan and press down slightly. With a sharp knife cut a bold cross in the top of the dough, so the bread will not crack during baking.

Brush the top of the dough with buttermilk and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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