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preheat the oven at 375 degrees F. Spray a 8 inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, wisk all the dry ingredients together(except 1 tablespoon sugar). Add the butter and mix with fingers until you have a coarse texture. Make a well in the center of flour. Add the buttermilk and gradually stir the dry ingredients into the buttermilk until blended. Mix in the raisins.
Flour hands and shape dough into ball, flatten in cake pan. It won't come completely to edge of pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar (1 tablespoon) Bake until brown, about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool about 10 minutes in pan then transfer to rack.
Delicious served warm or cool. It great with Corned beef dinner, especially on Saint Patrick Day.
Source: Saw this in a daily newspaper.
By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV
It doesn't have to be St. Paddy's Day to enjoy this tasty Irish bread.
Place dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Shape into round loaf. Place on cookie sheet and cut an X about 1/2 inch deep on top of loaf. Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes.Serve with butter and honey.
By Ann from Richland, WA
I got this recipe from a newspaper insert and gave it a try. It is a very heavy type bread, but was quick and easy.
Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead one minute. Shape into a ball and set on baking sheet. Press into a 6-inch circle and cut a cross in the top. Bake 40 minutes or until well browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
For 1 1/2 cups, I used 1 tablespoon and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice into the measuring cup then added enough milk to make the 1 1/2 cups required for the recipe. Let stand five minutes before using.
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Does anyone have any good, easy recipes for Irish Soda Bread as I can't find mine.
By betty hotaling from Slate Hill, NY
I found this one for you:allrecipes.com/Recipe/ Amazingly-Easy-Irish-Soda-Bread/Detail.aspx
Here is another:Irish Soda Bread Recipe : : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Irish Soda Bread recipe from Sara's Secrets
3 tbsp butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
Honey and room temperature butter for spreading
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease cookie sheet.
Cut butter in to flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl until mixture is fine and crumbly.
Stir in buttermilk.
Place dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Shape into round loaf.
Place on cookie sheet and cut an X about 1/2 inch deep on top of loaf.
Hi the best recipe for soda bread I have & 1 I always use is. 1lb wholemeal flour. tsp. salt 1 tsp. bicarb. 1 tsp. baking powder mix together then rub in 2 oz butter (this is for moisture as soda bread can be dry) then add enough buttermilk or ordinary milk to form a softish dough. Just kneed this slightly shape into a circle then bake for about 35 minutes. Let us know which works for you good luck. helen x
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Does anyone have a good Irish soda bread recipe?
Elaine H from Trenton
Hint 1: If the top is getting too dark while baking, tent the
bread with some aluminum foil.
Hint 2: If you use a cast iron skillet to cook the bread in
the oven, be very careful when you take the pan out. It's
easy to forget that the handle is extremely hot. Cool the
handle with an ice cube, or put a pot holder over it.
Transfer bread to a rack to let cool briefly. Serve bread
warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted. (11/20/2007)