IRISH SODA BREAD

 

  • Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Servings: one loaf
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 cups of raisins or currants
  • 1 1/3 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • sugar, for decoration

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  • Rub in butter until corse mixture is formed (small chunks of butter are supposed to be left in dough).
  • Add raisins or currants and lightly fold into mix.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together buttermilk, baking soda, egg, and honey.
  • Add the liquid mixture into flour mixture gradually, stirring until a wet dough forms.
  • Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead for 1-2 minutes.
  • Shape into a ball and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and cut a deep cross in the center of the dough ball.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes (bread is temperamental depending on temperature of the oven, watch it very closely) or until golden brown.

Notes

This is the first loaf of bread I had ever made. It is perfect for beginners because it gets it's lift from baking soda and baking powder, instead of yeast. It is a slightly sweet bread, so breakfast or tea would be the best time for serving it.

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