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Irish Soda Bread

I love Irish Soda Bread.  My aunt usually makes the loaves for the family and doles them out on St. Patrick’s Day.  I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some when I saw this recipe on Katie’s blog.  I had all of the ingredients and some buttermilk that was about to turn, so I went for it.  It definitely resembles a scone, like Katie said, but I liked it a lot.

Classic Irish Soda Bread
Cooks Illustrated

3 c. bleached all-purpose flour , plus more for work surface
1 c. cake flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp table salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter (2 tablespoons softened + 1 tablespoon melted)
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

-Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
-Whisk flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in large bowl.
-Work softened butter into dry ingredients with fork or fingertips until texture resembles coarse crumbs.
-Add buttermilk and stir with a fork just until dough begins to come together.
-Turn out onto flour-coated work surface; knead until dough just becomes cohesive and bumpy, 12 to 14 turns. (Do not knead until dough is smooth, or bread will be tough.)
-Pat dough into a round about 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high; place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheet or in cast-iron pot, if using.
-Place the loaf on a cookie sheet and cut a cross shape into the top.
-Bake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into center of loaf comes out clean or internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes.
-Remove from oven and brush with melted butter; cool to room temperature, 30 to 40 minutes.


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