Bread Irish Soda Bread by Angel

Posted by: Angel 07-30-99 8:27 PM

Irish Soda Bread by Angel

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon double-acting baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 eggs, divided
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 *F. Grease well a 1 1/2-quart round casserole.

In large bowl with fork, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

With pastry blender, cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In cup with fork, beat eggs slightly; remove 1 tablespoon and reserve.

Stir buttermilk and remaining egg into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. (Dough will be sticky).

Turn dough into well-floured surface with floured hands.

Knead about 10 strokes to mix thoroughly.

Shape dough into a ball.

With sharp knife, cut a 4-inch cross about 1/4-inches deep.

Brush dough with reserved egg.

Bake bread 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.

Cool in baking dish on wire rack 10 minutes.

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
Prepare as Irish Soda Bread, except reduce flour to 4 cups and add 1 1/2 cups raisins to flour mixture before buttermilk.

Bake in greased 2-quart round casserole for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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