- Cooking Time: 70 minutes
- Servings: 10 people
- Preparation Time: 20 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.
NotesI 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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