Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons white sugar

1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup raisins (craisins)

1/4 cup currants (optional)

1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease baking sheet.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl until evenly blended.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Stir in the raisins, craisins, currants, and caraway seeds

Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, vinegar and almond extract.

Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface, and knead gently 8 to 10 times.

Place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees, and bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

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