Irish Soda Bread from Village Baker!
This recipe makes 2 - 2 1/4 lb loaves.
First weigh 12 oz of raisins and soak them in a bowl of very hot tap water. After 5 minutes, thoroughly drain and set aside.
Combine the following dry ingredients:
1 lb 11 oz of flour
7 oz sugar
1 T baking powder
2 t salt
2 T whole caraway seeds
Cut in 4 oz butter (one stick)
Add the 12 oz of raisins
Add 2 1/2 C buttermilk
And one egg
Beat with a wooden spoon (the batter will be quite stiff) or use the paddle on your Kitchen Aid mixer until mixed well.
Split between 2 well greased pans and bake in convection oven at 300 for 1 hour or in a standard oven at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check with a toothpick because ovens vary greatly. The toothpick must come out clean.
Remove from bread pans and cool thoroughly on a wire rack for best results. After cooling, bag or wrap in plastic. This bread is better the second day!
Courtesy: Village Baker
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