Irish Soda Bread Golden Raisins

February 12, 2012

From Gourmet 1994, County Cork. Let sit a few hours before slicing. 3 hours cook & cool time.  Preheat oven 400° F.

  • 2 C unbleached all purpose flour (plus additional for sprinkling)
  • 1/4 C  flax meal, or toasted wheat germ
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 C) unsalted butter cut into bits
  • 1 C Golden raisins
  • 1 C Buttermilk or plain yogurt

Whisk together the dry ingredients.

Add butter and toss to coat. With fingers, rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add Raisins. Add buttermilk or yogurt and stir until evenly moist.

On floured surface, knead 1 minute, sprinkle with flour to keep from sticking, roll into ball.

Transfer to floured baking sheet or stone, pat into a 6 ” round. Sprinkle top with flour, spread over top with finger tips. Cut shallow “x” on top of round. Bake 35-45 min until golden brown.

Wrap and cool on a rack 1 hour.

Unwrap and cool 1 hour more.

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