Irish Soda Bread
Makes one loaf, serves 6-8
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- 2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour (measure by spooning flour into a measuring cup and leveling off)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 3 tablespoons butter or solid white shortening
- 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
- 2/3 cup raisins, dark or golden, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8- or 9-inch round layer pan.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Stir to mix.
Add the butter or shortening and cut into the flour mixture with 2 knives or a pastry blender, until the fat is in fine pieces.
Make a well in center of the flour mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and add raisins. Mix lightly.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently a few times. Shape into a 5-inch round loaf and place in prepared pan.
Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut dough crosswise into quarters, about 1/3 of the way through. Brush top surface with melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar mixed with the cinnamon.
Bake in the preheated 375-degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.
Note: For better nutrition and good taste appeal stir in 2 tablespoons wheat germ or 2 tablespoons rolled oats with the flour.