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Ginny's Award Winning Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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This recipe for Ginny's Award Winning Irish Soda Bread is from The Ultimate Donovan Family Reunion Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 tbl. sugar
1 tbl. caraway seeds
1 cup raisins or currants
1 cups well-shaken buttermilk
1 tbl. unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degree. Butter and flour a large baking sheet, shaking off excess flour. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugar, caraway seeds, and raisins. Add buttermilk and stir just until dough is evenly moistened but still lumpy.

Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and gently knead with floured hands about 8 times to form a soft but slightly less sticky ball. Halve dough and form into 2 balls.

Pat out each ball into a domed 6-inch round on baking sheet. Cut a inch deep X onto each loaf with a sharp knife, then brush with butter.

Bake in middle of oven until golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped about 35-40 minutes. Transfer loaves to rack to cool completely.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe has won the famous Donovan family Irish Bread Bake-Off. (There is no truth to the rumor that the voting was rigged!)




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