Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

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  • 4

    cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼

    cup sugar

  • teaspoons baking soda

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4

    tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • 1

    cup raisins

  • 2

    tablespoons caraway seed

  • cups well-shaken buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter and flour a large baking sheet, knocking off excess flour. Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the butter is pea-sized lumps. Add raisins and caraway, then add buttermilk and stir just until dough is evenly moistened but still lumpy. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and gently knead with floured hands about 8 times to form a soft but slightly less sticky dough, then form into a ball. Pat dough ball into a domed 8-inch round on baking sheet. Cut a 1/2-inch-deep X on top of each loaf with a sharp knife. Bake in the middle of oven until golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped, 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely.


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