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Moist Irish Soda Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.

Makes

1 loaf (16 slices)

I'm allergic to yeast, so I appreciate recipes for quick breads, biscuits and soda breads. This tender loaf that's dotted with golden raisins is great, It's one way I can enjoy toast for breakfast. —Carol Fritz of Fulton, Illinois
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add raisins. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times.
  2. Place on an ungreased baking sheet; pat into a 7-in. round loaf. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of the loaf. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
buttermilk
To substitute for each cup of buttermilk, use 1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand 5 min. Or, use 1 cup plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 181 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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