Irish Soda Bread

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 10
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 40 degrees F; line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and baking soda; set aside.
  • Fit a food processor with the metal blade, and process the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until just combined, about 5 seconds; add butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, another 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in raisins and caraway; make a well in the center of the dough and pour in the buttermilk mixture.
  • Combine, with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until a wet dough forms; divide in two equal portions.
  • On a floured work surface, form each portion into a round loaf, about 5 inches in diameter (actually it will be a gloppy mess).
  • Place each round on the prepared baking sheet, leaving several inches between loaves and sides of pan to allow for spreading.
  • Using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, cut each round into 5 equal wedges (known as scoring); sprinkle with flour to give the loaves a "rustic" look.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 degrees F and continue baking until loaves are golden brown on the top and bottom, about 15 to 20 minutes more.
  • A toothpick inserted should come out clean; cool on wire racks and serve either warm or room temperature.
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