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Best Irish Soda Bread

 Best Irish Soda Bread
This recipe is similar to the one passed down through generations of my Irish family. I rarely touch a mixer because kneading by hand makes the bread taste so good.—Kerry McCormack, Marietta, GA
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup raisins or 3 tablespoons caraway seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and
  • baking soda. Cut in butter until crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk
  • eggs and buttermilk; stir into flour mixture just until moistened.
  • Fold in raisins. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead
  • 5-6 times.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each portion into a round loaf. Place 6
  • in. apart on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to
  • a wire rack. Yield: 2 loaves (8 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice (calculated with raisins) equals 255 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 343 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.