Irish Soda Bread (Makes 1 Loaf)
Here is a wonderful recipe for the bread traditionally served on St. Patrick’s Day with a Corned Beef Dinner. Raisins and caraway seeds give this loaf its interesting old world flavor.4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups raisins
1 and 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg yolk, beaten
1. Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into mixing bowl; stir in caraway seeds.
2. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse meal; stir in raisins.
3. Combine buttermilk, 1 egg, and baking soda; stir into flour mixture just enough to moisten dry ingredients.
4. Turn dough onto floured board and knead lightly until dough is smooth. Shape in a ball and place in a greased 2-quart casserole.
5. With sharp knife, cut a 4-inch cross about 1/2-inch deep in center of dough to make a decorative top.
6. Brush with egg yolk.
7. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
8. Cool bread in casserole 10 minutes; remove.
9. Cool on wire rack before cutting.
10. To serve, cut down through loaf to divide in quarters; thinly slice each quarter.
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