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Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread

3 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup dried fruit bits
1 Tbs. caraway seeds
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 325° F. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, caraway seeds, soda, and salt; add fruit bits. Stir in buttermilk and 1 egg 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” deep X into top. Lightly beat the remaining 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. Serves 12


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