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Irish-American Soda Bread Other Recipes

This sweet, rich version of Irish soda bread is more in tune with American tastes than the traditional Irish bread, which simply combines flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

3 cups Mellow Pastry Blend OR King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
heaping 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup currants or sultanas
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon milk, for glaze
1 tablespoon coarse sugar, for topping

In a large bowl, whisk together the pastry blend or flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants or sultanas, and caraway seeds. In a separate bowl, or in a measuring cup, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter. Quickly and gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Transfer the batter to a lightly greased 9 x 5-inch quick bread or Danish loaf pan. Note: We especially like to use our Danish loaf pan here, as it yields smaller slices, perfect for the morning coffee break or an afternoon cup of tea. Drizzle the milk atop the batter, and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake the bread in a preheated 375°F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices.

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