Monday, March 5, 2012

Fruited Irish Soda Bread

1 C. golden raisin and dried cherry mix, chopped
1/2 C. orange juice
4 C. all purpose flour
2/3 C. sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbs. fennel seeds, crushed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. half and half
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. In microwave safe bowl, combine fruit mix and juice; microwave on high in 15 second intervals until hot.
In large bowl, mix flour with next six ingredients. Stir in half and half, 1 egg and fruit mixture until combined. On lightly floured surface, knead until dough forms. Shape into 6" round loaf. Place on baking sheet. With knife, cut 1/2" deep X into top. Beat remaining egg; brush over dough.
Bake 50-55 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Transfer to rack; cool.
Serves 12

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