March 16, 2012

St. Patrick's Day - Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients (bread):
3 c. flour
¾ tsp. salt
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
1/3 c. butter
1½ c. buttermilk
½ box raisins (optional)

Ingredients (glaze):
¼ c. 10x confectioners sugar
2-3 tbl. milk

§      Mix dry ingredients.  Cut in butter.  Add raisins and buttermilk.  Batter will be sticky.  Flour your hands and shape into a ball.  Knead 15 seconds on lightly floured surface.
§      Place on lightly greased baking sheet to flatten into  a 10” diameter disc.  Cut a deep cross in the top with a serated knife, saying, “God bless this family, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”
§      Bake at 350o for 40-50 minutes.
§      Brush on glaze while warm.  Serve!

(from the “Building the Family Cookbook”, by Suzanne Fowler)

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