McBriarty's Irish Soda Bread

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I love being Irish.  I love the camaraderie of the culture and comfort of the food... and drink.  This time of year it is mandatory that I make a boiled dinner complete with Irish soda bread.  As Irish soda bread is versatile enough to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I thought I would share my favorite family treat.  Erin go Braugh.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tblsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes, room temperature
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3 Tblsp. caraway seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350.  Butter heavy oven-proof 10 to 12 inch diameter skillet with 2.5 inch sides. 

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl to blend.  Add butter; using fingertips, rub until coarse crumbs form.  Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.  Whisk buttermilk and egg in a bowl to blend.  Add to dough; using wooden spoon, stir just until well incorporated (dough will be very sticky).

Transfer dough to buttered skillet and smooth out the top but keeping a slight mound in the middle.  Use a sharp knife dipped in flour, cut 1 inch deep X in top center of dough.  Bake until bread is cooked through and tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool bread in skillet 10 minutes.  Turn out onto rack.  Serve warm with butter.

 

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