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My newest favorite is Marilyn O'Reilly's Irish Soda Bread. Thanks, charlie!

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Posted to Thread #20419 at 8:53 pm on Aug 30, 2011

I'm so glad charlie posted this recipe way back when. It's fantastic!

Here's the recipe as listed on the Foodnetwork, along with my notes:



3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tbsp caraway seeds, optional (I used them)
1 cup raisins (or currants) (I used currants)
1 cup buttermilk (I used homemade)
1 egg


Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. (I lined baking sheet with parchment paper).

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt and stir well to mix.

Add the butter and rub in until the butter disappears into the dry ingredients.

Stir in the caraway seeds if used and the raisins. (or currants).

In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk and egg together and mix into the dough mixture with a rubber spatula.

Turn the dough out on a floured work surface (I used a well-floured silpat), and fold it over on itself several times, shaping it into a round loaf. (I used well-floured hands). Transfer the loaf to one cookie sheet or jelly roll pan covered with parchment or foil and cut a cross in the top.

Bake for 15 -20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 F and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes more, until well colored and a toothpick plunged into the center emerges clean. (I baked about 20 minutes, then reduced the heat and baked another 18-20 minutes).

Cool the soda bread on a rack and serve with plenty of sweet butter and bitter orange marmalade.

Makes one large loaf.

By Marilyn O' Reilly


A balanced diet is equal parts of milk and dark chocolate.

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