Irish Soda Bread

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After many trials of Irish Soda Bread, this is our best. One St. Patty's day I made three different versions and asked my friends to rate them, this was the winner hands down.  It is a bit untraditional for the fact that it is coated with melted butter and moist. There are never any leftovers on the day it is made.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs lightly beaten
5 tablespoons melted butter (reserve 2 tablespoons)

                                                                                       Preheat oven to 350º F.

1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with raisins and caraway seeds. Set aside.
2. Stir buttermilk and eggs together, add to dry ingredients until just combined.
3. Lightly fold in 3 tablespoons of melted butter.
4. Shape into a roundish loaf (dough should be moist) and place in a greased 9” round cake pan.
5. Bake for approximately 45 minutes . Remove from oven and coat with melted butter.

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