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Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is an “Americanized” version of the traditional Irish peasant bread. Delicious served warm, slathered in butter.

Ingredients:
4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup raisins or currants
1 Tbs. caraway seeds
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp. baking soda
1 Egg for egg wash (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. In large bowl, combine flour,  caraway seeds, soda, and salt; add raisins or currants. Stir in buttermilk until dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth, about two minutes. Shape into round loaf. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. With a serrated knife, cut a 1/2” X into the top.

Lightly beat egg and brush over the dough. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Transfer from pan to rack and let cool. Serve warm with Corned Beef and Cabbage.

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2 comments

1 Susan Higgins { 03.15.17 at 9:15 am }

Hi Phil, the addition of caraway is most definitely an Americanized addition to the traditional recipe.

2 Phil C. { 03.15.17 at 7:28 am }

Being born in Ireland and learning at a very young age to make both raisin and brown soda bread I cannot recall any family members that make soda bread ever ever putting caraway seeds in their bread. St. Patrick is rolling over in his grave…… Slante`

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