Irish Soda Bread

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on March 8, 2006.

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Ingredients:

Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk or 1 tablespoon cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 2-quart casserole. Sift flour with baking powder, sugar, and salt; add caraway seeds. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse corn meal; add raisins. Combine buttermilk, egg, and baking soda; stir into flour mixture until just moistened. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead lightly until just smooth; shape into ball. Place in prepared casserole. With a sharp knife, cut a cross 1/4-inch deep on top of loaf. Brush with yolk or cream. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in casserole 10 minutes; remove and cool before slicing. Makes 1 loaf (about 12 servings).

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per Serving:
310 calories, 6 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 410 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 7 g protein

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