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Irish Soda Bread

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Serves 10 people | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 70 minutes


4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
2 cups raisins
1 1/2 scant cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder until well combined.

Using a pastry cutter, two forks or your fingers, cut in butter until well combined.

Pour buttermilk mixture into the flour-and-butter mixture all at once, and stir with fork until all the liquid is absorbed and the mixture begins to hold together.

It should look like a rough biscuit dough.

Using your hands, press the dough into a round dome-shaped loaf about 8 inches in diameter.

Lift the loaf from the bowl, and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.

In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and cream together.

With a pastry brush, brush the egg wash over the loaf.

With a sharp knife or razor incise a cross, about 1/2 each deep, into the top of the loaf.

Transfer to the oven. Bake, rotating halfway through, until it is deep golden brown and a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center, about 70 minutes.

Remove from the baking sheet to wire rack to cool.

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I am half Irish and I love all things Irish. Although this is not traditional Irish Soda Bread and it is more like a cake than a bread. Making this recipe makes me feel closer to my grandmother and ancestors from across the Atlantic.

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