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Irish Soda Bread

It’s almost St Patrick ’s Day, so it’s time to make my once-a-year Irish Soda Bread. I am at least 25% Irish, but I am 100% in love with soda bread.  Still a staple in some Irish homes, it’s very easy to make and is rapidly consumed in this house.  During my first trip to Ireland I stayed with extended family and they served this fresh every day. B&Bs offered a choice of fresh brown bread or soda bread, and I vowed to learn to make it when I returned home. I could eat it regularly, but in order to keep it special, I only make it at this time of year. It’s delicious all on its own, but if you are so inclined add a generous spread of sweet butter to a hunk and you may be swept right back to the old country.

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:
3 ¼ C flour
¼ C sugar
1 t baking powder
1t baking soda
¾ t salt
½ C sweet cream butter
1 ½ C buttermilk
1/3 C currants or raisins

Combine dry ingredients
Cut in the butter until fine
Add the buttermilk and currants and mix gently
Knead 10 times – just long enough for all the ingredients to be well blended
Set on a greased sheet or cast iron skillet
Score the top lightly
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.