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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Irish Soda Bread

While there are as many versions of this recipe as there are Irish cooks, this is definitely the best version we have ever tried. Redolent with caraway seeds and raisins it is excellent served warm or at room temperature. Soda bread does not store well, so if you will not be eating it within 24 hours of baking, wrap it tightly and refrigerate and reheat or toast before serving. There are few better breakfasts than a thick slice of toasted soda bread with butter, so make sure to save some for the next morning! We also have great recipes for Traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread and Light Irish Brown Soda Bread.

4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled butter
2 cups raisins
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 egg
1 1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 beaten egg yolk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Whisk together the flour, sugar, powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal. Mix in the raisins and caraway seeds. In a small bowl beat the egg and add the buttermilk and soda. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just moistened. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead until just smooth. Place in the prepared casserole dish. Score the top of the bread with an knife to make an X, and then brush with the egg yolk. Bake 1 hour, or until the bread is cooked through and golden brown.

Makes 1 loaf bread.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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