Marilyn O'Reilly's Irish Soda Bread

One large loaf
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds, optional
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

  • 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.

  • 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 and fold it over on itself several times, shaping it into a round loaf. 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 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes more, until well colored and a toothpick plunged into the center emerges clean.

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

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