Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Irish Soda Bread

This is the recipe I used for Irish Soda Bread last week.  It was really good just plain, but I think it would be even better toasted with butter.  The recipe is from the Taste of Home Baking Book.

4 C. flour
1/4 C sugar
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
6 T shortening
1/2 C raisins
1 T caraway seeds
1 1/4 C buttermilk
1 egg

Combine flour,sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.  Cut in shortening until crumbly.  Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.  Combine buttermilk and egg.  Stir into the crumb mixture.  Knead gently 5-6 times. 
Divide dough into two balls.  Shape until round. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut a cross into dough about 1/4" deep.  Bake at 375* for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.

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