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Dorothy's Irish Soda Bread
A great St. Patrick's Day recipe idea! Dorothy Stack of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, got this recipe from her mother-in-law when she married. Since then, she’s made the bread many times and always receives compliments.

4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup milk, 1 large egg- lightly beaten, 1 cup golden raisins, 1-2 tablespoons caraway seeds, 2 teaspoons butter;cut into small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the sour cream, milk and egg with an electric mixer at medium speed. At low speed, beat in the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds until just combined.

3. Scrape the bread dough into an ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Using the tip of a knife, cut a shallow X in the top of the dough. Place a piece of the butter in each point.

4. Bake bread for 50 minutes or until golden. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Remove bread from the pan and serve warm.

  Source: Dorothy Stack of Cape Elizabeth, Maine