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Irish soda bread isn't just delicious around St. Patty's day, it's perfect to make any time of the year. Serve it during a party or for game night, as it's sure to be a hit!
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp. butter, cut up
- 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit (raisins, currants, cranberries, dried cherries or blueberries)
- 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper in a cake pan.
- Stir together the dry ingredients, cut in 4 tablespoons of butter until incorporated. Add the fruit.
- In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Do not over mix.
- Spoon the stiff batter into the paper lined pan, dot the top with the remaining butter and sprinkle with about 1 tbsp. coarse raw sugar crystals.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake until the bread is puffed and golden brown, about 45 to 55 minutes.
- Cool in the pan about 10 minutes and then lift out the paper and bread onto a wire rack to continue cooling. May be served warm or cool.