Baking: Breads: Irish Soda Bread

Yummy bread! Cheers da'ling!

Author: California Raisin Marketing Board - www.calraisins.org
Date: December 26, 2012

Serves: 12 person(s)
Yield: 12 x slices (1 round bread loaf)

Preparation Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

    2 cup flour
    1 Tbsp sugar
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
    3/4 cup California raisins
    1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
    1 cup low-fat buttermilk (2% fat)
    1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tbsp water

Directions:

    Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds. Add buttermilk; blend to moisten the dry ingredients.

    Turn dough onto floured board; knead for several minutes until smooth. Form dough into a round ball and place on greased baking sheet.

    Flatten ball until dough is about 1-1/2 inches thick; brush top and sides with egg-water mixture. Cut a 1/2-inch deep cross in top of bread with sharp knife.

    Bake at 375F for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack to cool; brush top with butter or margarine and cover with cloth, until cool.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:159 cals
Kilojoules:664 kJ
Fat:4.9 g
Carbohydrates:25.5 g
Protein:3.8 g
Cholesterol:20.0 mg
Sodium:273 mg
Saturated Fat:2.0 g
Fiber:1.0 g
Calcium:84.0 mg
Total Sugars:7.6 g

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