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St. Patrick's Day Recipe

If baking bread intimidates you — the thought of all that kneading and rising — give Irish soda bread a try. With about five minutes of prep involved (and no rise time at all), it’s startling easy, yet an impressive addition to any St. Patrick’s Day feast. So if you’re heading to a St. Patty’s party, volunteer to bring the soda bread and give one of these recipes a try. 

Chef Jennifer's Irish soda bread
•2 cups seedless raisins
•6 cups sifted flour
•3 teaspoons caraway seeds
•3 cups buttermilk
•1 cup soft unsalted butter (2 sticks)
•6 teaspoons baking powder
•1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

•2 tablespoons of sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse raisins in hot water, and then drain well.

2. Sift together all dry ingredients. Cut in butter until a coarse, mealy consistency.
3. Add buttermilk, raisins and caraway seeds. Stir all ingredients.
4. Turn dough into a greased 8-inch round cast iron skillet and make a crisscross on the top.

5. Bake in preheated oven on 400 degrees F for 1 hour or until golden. Test with a toothpick (a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread should come out clean). Serve with sweet cream butter or clotted cream (clotted cream is a very thick cream available at some grocery stores and gourmet food stores.)