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  • Irish Soda Bread by I82Much

    I82Much - Posted February 12, 2004 05:18 PM

    Irish Soda Bread

    4 cups all-purpose flour
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    3/4 teasponon baking soda
    6 tablespoons butter or margarine
    1 1/2 cups dark seedless raisins
    1 tablespoon caraway seed
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk (normal milk is fine too)

    Early in Day
    Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease well a 2 quart round casserole. In large bowl, with fork, mix flour and next 4 ingredients. WIth pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion, cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in raisins and caraway seed.

    In small bowl, with fork, beat eggs slightly; remoive 1 tablespoon and reserve. Stir buttermilk into remaining egg; stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened (Doughn will be sticky) Turn dough onto well-floured surface; with floured hands, knead about 10 strokes to mix thoroughly. Shape dough into a ball; place in casserole. In center of all, with sharp knife, cut a 4-inch cross about 1/4 inch deep. rush dough with reserved egg.

    Bake about 1 hour and 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in casserole on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from casserole and cool completely on rack. Makes 1 loaf.

    Probably my favorite recipe my mom makes
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