Not your typical Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is really a large biscuit shaped into a loaf. Most recipes call for buttermilk and many add caraway seeds to the bread along with the raisins.  Since I am not a caraway fan, this recipe does not have them included. Sour Cream replaces the buttermilk with the result being a finer texture  bread and a loaf that lasts 2-3 days. The dough is sticky so be prepared to have sticky fingers when shaping the the balls but the result is well worth it!

 Starting with the basics I plump the raisins in water for 2 minutes in the microwave, then drain and add to the douhg

Starting with the basics I plump the raisins in water for 2 minutes in the microwave, then drain and add to the douhg

 Once the dough is mixed, shape it into tow balls and flatten the dough on a sheet of parchment to 1 1/2" thick.

Once the dough is mixed, shape it into tow balls and flatten the dough on a sheet of parchment to 1 1/2" thick.

Irish Soda Bread- yields 2 loaves

4 Cups all purpose flour

1 Cup white sugar

1 Teaspoon baking soda

2 Teaspoons baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 Pint sour cream

1 Cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Mix the raisins with 1 Cup of water and microwave for 2 minutes, medium-high heat. Drain.

3. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, sour cream, and raisins and mix until just combined.

3. Turn onto a lightly floured board and shape into two round balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten each ball to 1.5 inches thick.

4. Bake loaves for 40-45 minutes.

Optional: Can be baked in 2 greased and floured 8x4 bread pans. Bake 50-55 minutes.

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Posted on March 11, 2014 .