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Irish Soda Bread

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  • Bridget McGuinness's recipe for Irish soda bread can be formed into a round loaf or cut into scones.

       Bridget McGuinness's recipe for Irish soda bread can be formed into a round loaf or cut into scones.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • Bridget McGuinness's recipe for Irish soda bread can be formed into a round loaf or cut into scones.

       Bridget McGuinness's recipe for Irish soda bread can be formed into a round loaf or cut into scones.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

 

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

cup sugar

cup butter or margarine

1 cups raisins

1 cups buttermilk (about)

2 eggs slightly beaten

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar until well blended. With a pastry blender or two knives cut in the butter until coarsely crumbly.

In a measuring cup combine eggs and buttermilk to equal 1 cups; add to the dry ingredients, and stir to form a thick dough. Knead about 10 times lightly and place the dough in a round 8-inch pie plate. With a sharp knife cut an "x" in the top (the cross chases the fairies away).

Bake about 45 minutes until light brown. The bread should have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. When cool spread with jam and enjoy.

Serves 16.

For scones: After kneading the dough split it in half and roll out two, 8-inch circles. With a sharp knife cut each into eight triangular scones. Put scones on two cookie sheets and bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned.