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Irish Soda Bread

Well, I’ve missed an entire month! Life happens. Here is one of my all-time favorite breads, based upon Sunset Breads (Lane Publishing 1984). I should have posted it at St. Patrick’s Day as that is when I usually make this, but life interfered then, too. Ha!

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

4 to 4-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

3 tsps. Baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ cup sugar

1/8 tsp. cardamom or coriander (optional)

¼ cup firm butter

1 egg

1-3/4 cups buttermilk

In a large bowl, stir together 4 cups flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and cardamom (if used) until thoroughly blended. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until crumbly, In a separate bowl, beat egg lightly and mix with buttermilk; stir into dry ingredients until blended. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth (2 to 3 minutes).

Divide dough in half and shape each half into a smooth, round loaf; place each loaf in a greased 8” cake or pie plan and press to make dough fill pans. With a razor blade or sharp floured kife, cut a 1/2” deep cross in top of each loaf.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven (350 degrees for glass pans) for 35 to 40 minutes or until nicely browned. Makes 2 loaves.

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Stir dry ingredients together, then cut in butter. Mix in liquid ingredients. Remove to flour-covered board and briefly knead.

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Divide in half and place into two greased pans.

Cut a cross in the top of each loaf with a floured knife.

Cut a cross in the top of each loaf with a floured knife.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until nicely browned. Served warm, it's awesome!

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until nicely browned. Served warm, it’s awesome!