Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Irish Soda Bread

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
4 Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
3/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup raisins
2 Tablespoons caraway seeds
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 Cups buttermilk
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees;. Butter a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients to form a dough.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 4 minutes; add more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Form dough into a 9-inch round; place on prepared baking sheet. Brush loaf with remaining tablespoon butter. Using a sharp knife, score an X on top of loaf.

Bake until skewer inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on wire rack before serving.