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What's Cooking: Mom's Irish Soda Bread

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Chef Courtney Contos of Contos Store and Kitchen in Shelburne gave us her mom's homemade soda bread recipe. This Irish treat is just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Try your hand at it.


Makes 2


4 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes, room temperature

1 ½ cup currents

1 ¾ cups buttermilk

1 large egg

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter 8-inch cake pan.

2. Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Cut in butter; using pastry cutter or fingertips, until coarse crumbs form. Stir in currents.

3. Whisk buttermilk and egg in medium bowl to blend. Add to dough; using wooden spoon, stir just until well incorporated (dough will be very sticky). Turn dough out on a floured surface. Using floured hands knead dough for 2 minutes.

4. Halve the dough and shape each half into a round loaf. Transfer dough to prepared pans; smooth top, mounding slightly in center. Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut 1-inch-deep X in top center of dough. Bake until bread is cooked through and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Cool bread in skillet 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap tightly in foil; store at room temperature.)

Mom's Irish Soda Bread

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