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Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups 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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Divide dough in half; shape each portion into a round loaf. Place 6 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.
  • 3. 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.