Irish Soda Bread (Lee Ann Miller Style)

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio -- Leave it to Lee Ann Miller to put a unique spin on traditional Irish Soda Bread. Lee Ann is the owner of Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast (Facebook page here) and friend of Walnut Creek Cheese and she shared her recipe with Fox 8's Kristi Capel -- just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

*Click here for a link to Lee Ann's blog on FOX8.com.

Irish Soda Bread (Lee Ann Style)

2 cups all-purpose flour (I love Thesco flour for bread)
1 cup cake flour
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dark raisins
1/4 cup dried dark sweet cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flours, sugar, baking soda and powder and salt. Add melted butter, but wait before incorporating. In a small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add raisins and cherries to wet mixture. Pour over flour mixture and butter and lightly fold wet mixture into dry mixture until combined. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead 2-4 times and form into a 7-8 inch round loaf about 1-1/2 inch high. Do not over knead dough! Move loaf onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. With a serrated knife, score an X in the top of the loaf. Melt 1 Tablespoon butter and brush the top of the loaf with a pastry brush. Bake 35-40 minutes, insert toothpick near center until it comes out clean. Serve warm with butter and jam!