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Apple Irish Soda Bread

Yields1 Serving

 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
 1/4 cup sugar
 2 tsp. cinnamon
 2 tsp. baking soda
 1/2 tsp. salt
 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
 1/2-1 cup raisins
 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, or plain yogurt thinned with milk
 1 large egg
 1 large apple, coarsely grated (don’t bother peeling it)

Preheat the oven to 375?F.


In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and blend with a fork or your fingers until crumbly. Add the raisins and toss to combine.


In a mixing bowl or measuring cup, stir together the buttermilk and egg with a fork, and add all at once to the dry ingredients, along with the grated apple. Stir just until combined, then scrape onto a buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet and with dampened hands, shape into a rough domed circle.


Cut an X into the top and bake for an hour, or until golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool slightly before cutting into wedges. Serves 12-16.