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Mar 14, 2008 05:58 AM

Irish Soda Bread Recipe [Split from Manhattan Board]

Since no one posted a recipe for you yet, this was my grandmother's. I've also made it without raisins.

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
3 tbspns sugar
1 tbspn baking powder
1 tspn salt
3/4 tspn baking soda
6 tlbspns butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 tbspn caraway seeds
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1. Grease a 2 qt. round casserole. Mix first 5 ingredients. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.

2. In small bowl with fork, beat eggs slightly, remove 1 tblspn. and reserve. Stir buttermilk into remaining egg; stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. (Dough will be sticky).

3. Turn dough onto well floured surface. With floured hands, knead about 10 strokes to mix. Shape dough into a ball. With sharp knife, cut a 1" cross about 1/4" deep. Brush dough with egg.

4. Bake at 350 degrees about 1 hour 20 min.or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in casserole on wire rack 10 min.

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  1. I like to soak the raisins (I've used craisins too) in Irish Whisky before mixing in!

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