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The Perfect Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Have you been searching for the perfect Irish Soda Bread recipe? Look no further! This tried and true recipe yields a delicious soda bread that is sure to become a family favorite. Let's take a look at how to make this classic dish.

To make this traditional Irish soda bread, you'll need 4 cups of cake flour, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ cup of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ cup of vegetable shortening, 1 cup of dark raisins, 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds, and 1 cup of cold milk.

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease an 8-inch round pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Cut in the vegetable shortening using either two knives or a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds until they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.          
3. Slowly add the cold milk while stirring with a wooden spoon until it is just combined; do not overmix! The dough should be sticky but not too wet; if needed add more cake flour or milk as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.  
4. Form the dough into an 8-inch round loaf and lightly press down on top so it looks flat and even in shape; place in your greased 8-inch pan and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.  
5. Remove from oven and let cool before serving; enjoy!

There you have it—the perfect traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe! This easy-to-follow guide will help you make this classic dish like a pro in no time at all! Serve warm with plenty of butter for an extra special treat everyone will love. Enjoy!