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Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

 Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
I've been making bread since I was a young girl, and this is one of my favorites. This round loaf is moist with a wonderful texture and flavor. Golden raisins peek out of every slice. -Ann Lauver, Lititz, Pennsylvania
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon
  • sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Beat in the buttermilk, butter,
  • salt, baking soda, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar until smooth.
  • Stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead for 2
  • minutes. Shape into a round loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. With a sharp
  • knife, cut a 1/4-in.-deep cross on top of loaf.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove

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Irish Soda Bread with Raisins (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • from pan to cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).