IRISH SODA BREAD

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10 min Prep
55 min Total
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1 Servings

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Whether or not you're Irish, this classic quick bread recipe brings great taste into your kitchen.


Ingredient List
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 tablespoons sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/3 cup raisins, if desired
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3/4 cup buttermilk
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet.
  2. Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in raisins and just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl.
  3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.
  4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter or margarine, softened, if desired.
Tips
  • Why the "X" on top of Irish soda bread? Legend tells us that this cross is meant to scare away evil spirits. Spooky!
  • Use the "whack" method to soften butter and margarine: Give each side of the chilled stick a good "whack" with a rolling pin.