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1 hr 15 mins
I got this recipe from my grandmother, who is part Irish. I have always loved this soda bread recipe and make it every year for St. Patrick's Day. Even though the seeds are listed as optional, I consider them a key flavor. If you can't find them, it will taste be tasty bread, but I much prefer the caraway flavor in there.
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sweet unsalted butter or 3 tablespoons margarine, cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup golden raisins or 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dried currant
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 cup milk (scant)
- 1Place lemon juice into the bottom of a glass measuring cup and pour in enough milk to fill to the 1 cup mark-Do not stir!
- 2Leave milk on your counter for 1 hour- during this time, measure out all of your other ingredients, but wait to set out the butter until the last 15 minutes.
- 3Preheat oven to 350F and grease a round cake pan or pie plate.
- 4Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- 5Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter chunks until evenly mixed in and mixture looks grainy.
- 6Stir in dried fruits and caraway seeds.
- 7Pour the milk mixture into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are moistened- don't overmix.
- 8Dough will still be tacky at this point but will pick up more flour while kneading.
- 9Sprinkle some flour onto a flat surface and scape dough onto the floured surface; flour your hands and knead the dough gently until it forms a ball- no more than 2 minutes or you will toughen the dough, and it may be less than that depending upon the humidity of the day.
- 10(As long as it forms a ball, it can still be little sticky- this is different from yeast bread.) Place dough ball into prepared pan and flatten slightly into a thick disk.
- 11Using a serrated knife, make a deep cross in the surface of the bread.
- 12Bake until golden brown and until bread sounds hollow on the bottom when rapped, about 35-45 minutes.
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Nutritional Facts for Grandma Dolores' Irish Soda Bread
Serving Size: 1 (652 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 204.0
- Calories from Fat 51
- Total Fat 5.6 g
- Saturated Fat 3.4 g
- Cholesterol 15.4 mg
- Sodium 410.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 34.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
- Sugars 7.4 g
- Protein 4.6 g