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Soda Bread with Caraway Seeds

Soda bread is a quick bread that uses baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent. This version is sweet with sugar and raisins. The addition of anise-flavored caraway seeds makes it irresistible.

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  • butter for greasing the pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups raisins
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Serves 8 to 10

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Generously butter a 10-inch round pie dish or a 9-inch x 13-inch baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. Add the butter to the flour mixture. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the butter is coated by the flour and the texture becomes slightly crumbly.   Using a wooden spoon, stir in the raisins and caraway seeds.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg until blended. Add this to the flour mixture. Using the wooden spoon, stir just until all ingredients are incorporated (dough will be very sticky).
  5. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top of the dough. Using a small sharp knife dipped in flour, cut a 1-inch deep X in the top center of the dough.  (This will allow steam to escape.)
  6. Bake until the bread is cooked through, 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean and the top is light golden brown. (Note: Baking time will vary depending on the pan you use. Keep an eye on it and rely on the doneness tests.)
  7. Cool the bread in the baking pan for 10 minutes, and then turn the bread out onto a rack and cool completely. Serve with salted butter, if you like.

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