irish soda bread

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By ANNE Hasselbrack
from Edgewater, MD

The texture is like a scone, and it's slightly sweet. Serve with butter and jam, or plain.

serves 10
method Bake

Ingredients For irish soda bread

  • 2 1/2 c
    flour
  • 3 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/3 c
    butter, cold unsalted
  • 1 1/4 c
    buttermilk
  • 1/2 c
    currants or raisins

How To Make irish soda bread

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375 and grease a small baking sheet. Mix all dry ingredients, then cut in butter until it is crumbly and incorporated.
  • 2
    Add fruit, mix through, and then stir in buttermilk. Put a little flour on a flat surface (it's small enough to use a dinner plate for this), and turn the bread out over the flour. Knead a few times until it's a cohesive ball.
  • 3
    Place onto greased baking sheet and form into a 6 inch round. Cut a deep (about 3/4 inch) deep "X" onto top of bread. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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