March 15, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

No, it isn't St. Patrick's Day, but then again, I am not really Irish.  But who doesn't love the idea of shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, and .... a pot of gold.
I can't say that this recipe was handed down from my grandmother, but it did come from my children's nursery school, and it is really tasty.... so "Life's too short not to be Irish!" (at least for a day).

4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
2 cups raisins
1 egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg yolk, beaten

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in butter with a pasty blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Stir in the raisins.
Whisk together 1 egg and buttermilk.  Add to dry ingredients.  Stir just until moistened. 
Turn out on floured surface and knead until smooth.

Form dough into a ball.
Place onto a greased baking sheet.  Cut a cross in top of loaf, about 1/2 inch deep.

Brush bread with beaten egg yolk.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For best results, cover the top of the loaf for the first 50 minutes to prevent over browning.
Cool on rack.
Makes 1 loaf or 2  mini loaves.

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