Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread is the perfect choice to accompany Corned Beef and Cabbage or a hearty Irish Stew.  Simply delicious with room-temperature creamery butter and berry jam.
Saint Patrick's Day Irish Soda Bread

Saint Patrick's Day Irish Soda Bread
 
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1 egg; at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 Cups buttermilk; at room
  • 1 1/2 Cups currants (raisins may be substituted)
Instructions
  1. Cut this crusty bread in wedges to serve. Add two teaspoons grated lemon peel to complement the flavor of the currants or raisins.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  3. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or work it in with your finger.
  4. Mix the egg and buttermilk together and then add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir until well blended. Add the currants and stir the mixture well.
  6. Turn out on a floured surface and knead gently for 3 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
  7. Divide the dough into two pieces, shaping each into a round loaf.
  8. Place each in a greased 8 inch cake or pie pan, pressing it down until the dough fills the pan.
  9. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2 inch deep cross on top of each loaf.
  10. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for about 40 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when you thump it.
  11. Turn out on a wire rack to cool.
  12. Do not slice for about 4 hours.

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