Soda Bread

This soda bread is a traditional Irish quick bread made of flour, buttermilk, and caraway seeds. It’s best enjoyed straight from the oven.

Soda Bread
Makes 1 (8-inch) loaf
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  1. 1¾ cups whole-wheat flour
  2. 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  7. 1¾ cups buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours and next 3 ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Make a well in center of flour mixture, and stir in buttermilk just until dry ingredients are moisten (do not overmix). Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and shape into an 8-inch circle. Place on a baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross into top about ½ inch deep.
  3. Bake until internal temperature registers 160° and top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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