Light Irish Soda Bread
4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup baking raisins
1 3/4 cups well-shaken low fat buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray and flour (can use Baker's Joy) a large baking sheet or bake on Silpat.
Sift together 4 cups of flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and stir in sugar and raisins.
Add buttermilk and stir just until dough is evenly moistened but still lumpy and sticky.
Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and gently knead with floured hands about 8 times to form a soft but slightly sticky dough.
Halve dough and form into 2 balls.
Pat out each ball into a domed 6 inch round on baking sheet.
Cut a 1/2 inch deep X on top of each loaf with a knife, then spray with butter spray.
Bake in middle of oven until golden brown and bottoms sound hollow when tapped, 35-40 minutes.
Transfer loaves to racks to cool completely.
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