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'Irish Soda Bread' on Serious Eats
Irish soda bread comes in many varieties. It can be sprinkled with caraway seeds or studded with raisins or currants. The hallmark of a good loaf is a crunchy, crumbly crust and a moist, tender interior. It's dead simple to bake from scratch, but in case you're short on time this St. Patrick's Day, I tested out Sticky Fingers Bakeries Irish Soda Bread Mix ($5.99).
This is an American-style soda bread. The original Irish soda bread didn't have raisins. Or cranberries. Some American-style Irish soda bread also includes caraway. This one doesn't, but if you like it, feel free to add two to four tablespoons of caraway along with the dry ingredients.
Before we talk about what this recipe is, let's talk about what it's not. It's not a traditional Irish soda bread. Traditional Irish soda bread would be made from flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. That's it. The recipe I'm sharing today is an Americanized version of Irish soda bead: it contains sugar, eggs, caraway seeds, and raisins.
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