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Kate Healy 

Staff Writer

 

It’s that time of year again!

Saint Patrick’s Day is rolling around, and what better way to celebrate Irish culture than by baking up a classic Irish dish? Irish soda bread is a deliciously moist and plain bread that is usually speckled with raisins and some good old Irish pride- and it’s easy to make too!

 

INGREDIENTS

½ cup of white sugar

4 cups of all-purpose flour

2 tsps baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp salt

3 cups raisins

1 tbsp caraway seeds

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 ¼ cups buttermilk

1 cup of sour cream

1. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, or 175 degrees C. Make sure you have a 9 inch round baking or cake pan or cast iron skillet.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour (except for one tablespoon), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds.

3. In a small bowl, blend the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream.

4. Pouring slowly, stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture until the flour is moistened.

5. Knead the dough in the bowl about 10-12 times. Warning: it will be a sticky process.

6. Place the dough in the baking pan/cake pan/skillet, and pat it down gently.

7. Cut a 4 x ¾ inch slit in the top of the dough and dust the dough with the reserved tablespoon of flour.

8. Bake for 65-75 minutes. Then, let the bread cool and turn it onto a wire rack.

 

Enjoy your St. Patty’s Day with a delectable loaf of homemade Irish bread!

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