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• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 3 tablespoons sugar

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/3 cup cold salted butter cut into small pieces

• 1 1/4 cups *buttermilk  

• 1/2 cup raisins (Or currants/cranberries.)


*If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, substitute

4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus enough

milk to equal 1 1/4 cups. Let stand 5 minutes.


Preparing The Dough


Step 1
• Heat oven to 350°F. 

• Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.


Step 2
• Combine all of the dry ingredients (except raisins) in a large bowl.

(I used the large bowl of my Kitchen Aid Mixer.)

• Add butter and slowly mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

• Mix in buttermilk and raisins just until moistened. Be careful not to over mix. 


Step 3

• Lightly sprinkle flour onto a large cutting board.

• Gather the dough into a large ball and place it onto the lightly floured cutting board.
• Turn dough on the lightly floured surface. Knead gently for 10 times. Be careful not 

  to over knead. 

• Shape again into a ball and place onto the prepared baking sheet. 

• Pat into 6-inch circle. 

• Cut 1/2 inch deep “X” in top of dough with sharp knife.


Step 4
• Bake at 350°F. for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

• While baking, be sure to rotate your pan every 10 minutes to avoid over cooking.

  Most ovens tend to have hot spots, and one side/section can over cook.

• Serve warm. Add a little butter and/or jam if you wish and ENJOY!

Irish Soda Bread
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