Friday, March 16, 2012

Irish Soda Bread


I'm a bread lover, so I'm surprised I'd never heard of Irish soda bread before I began looking up recipes for Saint Patrick's Day...especially since this recipe also contains raisins. The recipe below is from Taste of Home:

Irish Soda Raisin Bread Recipe


Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In a bowl, combine buttermilk and remaining eggs; stir into crumb mixture just until flour is moistened (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead about 10 times. Shape into a ball.
  • Place in a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Cut a 4-in. X, 1/4-in. deep, in the center of the ball. Brush the top with reserved egg. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil during the last 20 minutes if top browns too quickly. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 each) equals 221 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 359 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

By the way, if you're a big fan of all things Irish, you'll want to check out The Long Stitch Goodnight (releases April 3) to learn about Mountmellick embroidery. :-)

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