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Irish Soda Bread w/raisins

December 28, 2011

Another really delicious and popular recipe in my house! I make this for Christmas day per Hubby’s request.

Irish Soda Bread w/raisins

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see below to make your own)
  • Butter

Directions:

–    Preheat oven to 425.
–    In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
–    Stir in raisins.
–    Stir in buttermilk – starting with ½ cup and add until just blended and able to hold together. Be careful about adding all of it at once ***When I used all of the milk it was too moist and I had to add more flour.
–    Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 8 times.
–    Shape into a 6-in round and place on a ungreased baking sheet.
–    Cut a cross on top of the loaf.
–    Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
–    Brush the hot soda bread with butter.
–    Break apart or slice.

This is delicious and the butter just adds an extra little oomph. Sometimes I make a half a portion just for Hubby and I, to enjoy instead of having the whole piece lying around tempting us.

You can use currents instead but raisins are perfect in it.

How to make your own buttermilk:
In a 1 cup measuring cup add 1 tbsp of vinegar and fill the rest up with your choice of milk. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before using.

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