26 March 2010

Irish soda bread

My tried and true recipe, passed down from my mom {she's second generation 100% Irish}. I substitute half the flour with spelt flour, or 100% Gluten-Free flour mix. Also, I cook my loaf on a pizza stone instead of a baking dish. I made this loaf last week and it's gone already... time to make another loaf! LOVE it :D

4 c. flour
3 TB sugar
1 TB double acting baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
6 TB butter
1 1/2 c. dark raisins
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

Heat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a 2 quart round baking dish. Mix the first 5 dry ingredients, then cut in the butter. Stir in raisins. Beat eggs slightly in a separate bowl. AFter reserving 1 TB of egg, stir in buttermilk. Pour egg mixture into the dry mix. On a well-floured surface, kneed the dough 10 times- do not over-kneed. Shape dough into ball and place in baking dish. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf about 1/4 inch deep. Brush loaf with egg reserve and cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.

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