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Irish Soda Bread

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Each St. Patrick's day, I bake this bread for my neighbor, who is Irish. Then I make another loaf for my family to enjoy. Sweet raisins contrast nicely with the caraway.
Ingredients
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Baking powder 3 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Butter 6 Tablespoon, cold
  Raisins 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Caraway seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Eggs 2 Small, beaten
  Buttermilk 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
Directions

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In a bowl, combine buttermilk and remaining eggs; stir into crumb mixture just until flour is moistened (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead about 10 times. Shape into a ball.

Place in a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Cut a 4-in. X, 1/4-in. deep, in the center of the ball. Brush the top with reserved egg. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil during the last 20 minutes if top browns too quickly. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Breakfast
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Smooth
Method: 
Baked
Occasion: 
Christmas
Interest: 
Holiday, Kids
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese, Egg, Milk Product
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
80 Minutes
Ready In: 
100 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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