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American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed

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1hr 15mins

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  1. Position oven rack to the upper-middle position; preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  4. Work the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Combine the buttermilk and egg with a fork.
  6. Add the buttermilk-egg mixture, raisins, and caraway seeds to the flour mixture; stir with a fork just until the dough begins to come together.
  7. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead just until the dough becomes cohesive and bumpy; about 30 seconds (do not knead until smooth).
  8. Pat the dough into a 6-inch round about 2 inches thick, and lay on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Cut a large 1/2-inch deep X into the top of the loaf using a serrated knife; brush top with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
  10. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 40-45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.

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