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Traditional Irish Soda BreadHappy St. Patricks Day

Happy Healthy Holidays!

It is unlikely you will find traditional Irish Soda Bread in your local bakery so if you want this treat, you will have to make it yourself. Luckily, Irish Soda Bread is quite easy to make. It requires no yeast and is a show -stopper to serve. Mix it up, pop it in the oven and be enjoying your fist piece within an hour. Irish Soda Bread is good a breakfast, lunch and supper! To ensure a light crust and very tender crumb, do not over work the dough. You will also want to serve this fresh so plan to bake it the day you will eat it.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Recipe Ingredients

2 cups unbleached flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1/4 cup unsalted chilled butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup dried currants or raisins
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1 to 2 tablespoons skim milk

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until it forms crumbs the size of small peas. Stir in currants. Add buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about six to eight times. Shape into round loaf and place dough on greased baking sheet. Cut cross into loaf that goes about 1/4 inch deep. Brush top of loaf with milk. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet. Cut into wedges to serve. Best if served warm the same day you bake it.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 6 to 8 servings

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