Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
*1 cup dried currants + 1 tablespoon flour
**1/4 cup butter, melted
**1/4 cup buttermilk for brushing on top

*I have also used golden raisins and they taste awesome, but it is worth buying a small amt of currents for the flavor.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. **In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Enjoy it warm with a slather of butter...ohhh so goood!



Astrid's dragon said...

Looks wonderful! I'll be making Welsh cakes today in honor of St. David's Day, but I'll be sure to try that next! Thanks for the recipe.

valerie said...

I haven't eaten breakfast yet and this looks scrumptious! I've never had soda bread...it looks yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Jackie said...

I could seriously live on bread alone!