Irish Soda Bread

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    Irish Soda Bread 2Mike Nolan

    Advance preparations:
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment

    1/2 cup butter, cold, cut into small pieces
    8 ounces whole wheat flour
    8 1/2 ounces AP flour
    1/2 cup rolled oats
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/2 cup walnuts, chopped but not too finely
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    1 large egg
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk

    Combine the dry ingredients and add the butter, use your hands to squeeze the butter and mix it with the dry ingredients until it is sandy.

    Add the raisins and walnuts.

    Add the egg, orange juice and buttermilk and mix until just combined. (Do not overmix.)

    Pat into a round shape about 9″ in diameter. (It will spread a little while baking.)

    Bake for 45 minutes. It should pass the toothpick test.

    Note: Some people do their soda bread in a cast iron pan. This will give it a firmer bottom crust.

    Best warm with a little butter on top.

    This recipe does not keep well nor does it freeze well.

    We’ve decided this recipe is a keeper and will probably make it more often than just on St. Patrick’s Day. My wife took several pieces of it to her sister, she offered to take it off our hands any time we have too much of it around.

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