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Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Soda Bread

This is a traditional soda bread recipe.  It is baked in a cast iron skillet, but if you don't have that you can bake it on a cooky sheet.  Some people like to add raisins to their soda bread, so if you do--add them in!

3 c. flour
1 c. cake flour
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. cream of tartar
1 1/2 t. salt

Mix  all these ingredients using a whisk in a medium sized bowl. Then using a pastry blender cut in 2 T. cold butter until it is crumbly.  Make a well in the middle of this dough.
Add in:  1 3/4 c. buttermilk
Stir with a fork until dough comes together.  If it is too crumbly add more buttermilk, a little at a time.
Put the dough on a floured surface and pat into a 6" round.  Make a cut in the shape of a cross on top. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Put the dough into a greased cast iron pan or on a prepared cooky sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Melt 2 T. butter and brush over top.

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