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Irish Soda Bread!

Posted Mar 14 2011 7:00am

Morning! Hope your weekend left you with lots of energy, despite the loss of one hour of sleep. I’ll lose one hour to gain more day light, sounds good to me. But then again, I’m not really lacking in the sleep department, like some of you Mommy’s!

Yesterday we had a very productive day. Danny and I rocked 8 miles (and walked about 1 more). I think I’d be ready to do the Brooklyn half now, if I had to. I’m glad I don’t and I have more time to train, but I felt really good most of the run. The first 20 minutes are always the hardest for me, until I get into a groove. After we got back I did some major stretching and a couple of sun salutations to really loosen up my tight muscles.

I went to Trader Joe’s and spent a boatload of money. It seems like I needed every nut, nut butter, vegetable and baking item under the sun. Besides all the usual supplies I go for, I was going for the ingredients for Irish Soda Bread. I make it every year, but this year I bought Irish butter. (I can’t remember what blog I saw Irish butter on that inspired me to buy it…if it’s you tell me because you gave me inspiration!!)

Buttermilk & Egg


form the loaf

big, small and just right loaf

Making Good Choices Blog

Irish Soda Bread

3 cups of all purpose flour or whole wheat
1/4 cup sugar
1 T baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 T unsalted Irish butter (1/4 cup)
1 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk (I used reduced fat)
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt and stir. Add the butter and mix again. Stir in the raisins. In a small bowl whisk the buttermilk and egg together and slowly add to flour mixture. (I switched to the bread hook after this step.) Mix well with the bread hook. Put the dough on a well floured surface and fold it over on itself a couple of times. Shape it into a loaf. Put the loaf on a cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes longer until it is browned on top.

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This recipe is so easy, you have to make your own! I figured if I posted it today, it’ll give you guys a couple of days to get the ingredients and make it!

Have a happy Monday! After work it’s yoga time for me!

Have you made Irish Soda Bread?

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