Family Recipes: Now & Then

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F; use a 2-quart greased casserole dish.

4 c sifted all purpose flour
¼ c sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
4 TBLS caraway seeds
¼ c butter
   (2 c raisins-optional)
1 1/3 c buttermilk
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg yolk, beaten – for the top

~Mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder bowl.
~Stir in caraway seeds.
~Cut in butter until it looks like coarse meal.
~In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, egg and baking soda.
~Stir this into flour mixture (enough to moisten.)
~Turn onto floured board and knead only until dough is smooth (not too much).
~Shape into a ball, and put in greased 2-quart casserole dish.
~On top, using knife, create a cross in bread, then brush with egg yolk.
~Bake in a greased loaf pan, oven set at 375 degrees F for 60-70 minutes or until clean.
~Cool 10 minutes on wire rack, then remove from pan.
A very simple Irish soda bread.

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