Updated 03/16/2013 05:00 AM
Recipe: Irish Soda Bread
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makes one loaf
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup golden raisins (or regular raisins)
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees but don't assemble the soda bread until the oven is ready to go.
Use a large mixing bowl to combine 4 cups all-purpose flour with 2 Tbs light brown sugar, 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp kosher salt and whisk it up and then fold in 1 cup golden raisins.
Next, whisk 1 large egg into 1 3/4 cups buttermilk and then combine the wet and dry ingredients and gently mix them together until they form a ball....trying not to overwork the dough.
Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking tray and place the dough onto that.
Use a knife to cut a 1/2 - 1 inch deep cross into the bread, brush a little more buttermilk over the top and place the tray onto the center rack of the preheated 350 degree oven.
That will take somewhere between 60 and 70 minutes to bake and it will be a nice golden brown on top and have a hollow sound when you knock on the top of it when it's done.
Let it cool down to room temperature when it's done and slice and serve.
Make a traditional version of Irish soda bread by using just the flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk from the recipe above.