Friday, March 18, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

This doesn't look that appetizing, but let me tell you, it is SO GOOD. It is moist and delicious. It is always the thing that everyone devours in our St. Patrick's Day feast. Recipe found in this cookbook.

2 cups flour
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbs butter
1/2 cups raisins (optional, but oh so good)
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbs butter, melted
flour to dust

Ina large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add raisins, if desired. Add buttermilk. Mix with a fork until moistened.

Knead gently about 1 minute. Shape into a ball. Place dough on a greased cookie sheet or pie plate and flatten into a 7 inch circle. Dough will be about 1 1/2 inches thick. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool. Brush top with melted butter. Dust with flour. Makes one loaf.

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