Pat's Irish Soda Bread recipe appears on page 11 in "Savoring" and it is one of our favorite things about St. Patrick's Day. It was contributed by Kate's mother-in-law Pat, who is of Irish descent, and it is an extended family favorite. In our experience, nobody can eat just one piece of this.
Start by combining dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then mix together until just combined. One of Pat's secrets is to use both regular and golden raisins. She talks about flour, too, in the recipe notes.
Add caraway if desired and divide into two glass pie plates for baking--we do one with caraway and one without. Mark with an X to allow the bread to rise while baking.
Bake for 50 minutes and then try to let it cool a bit before taste-testing. (Warning: this is not easy.) Enjoy plain, with butter, with food, or even as French (Irish?) toast. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all, and happy baking!
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