Soda bread with dried fruit

    1 hour 15 min

    A quick Irish soda bread that's sweeter than the traditional variety and packed with dried fruit.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 150g dried currants or sultanas
    • 150g raisins
    • 500g plain flour, or more if needed
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 420ml buttermilk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23cm cast iron or ceramic pan.
    2. Pour hot water over raisins and currants in a bowl and let soak. Whisk flour, sugar, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl until well combined; whisk in buttermilk.
    3. Drain raisins and currants and pat dry with kitchen roll; fold into dough. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently until it holds its shape; if dough is too sticky, knead in more flour. Form into a round and place into prepared pan. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross into the top of the loaf.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a slender knife inserted into the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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