Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

3 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. raisins, if desired
3/4 c. buttermilk

Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease cookie sheet. 
Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in raisins and just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl. I had to use more buttermilk than what it called for to get the dough to stick together. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter or margarine, softened, if desired.

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