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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

I was at home visiting my folks this past week and we cooked a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner, including this Irish Soda Bread. It was really tasty and is SO easy to make. Went well with our St. Patty's dinner of my grandma's corned beef, potatoes, and cole slaw. Yum.

-2 cups whole wheat flour
-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
-2-3 tablespoons sugar
-1 tablespoon salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-3/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 cup currants

-3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
-1 1/2 cups buttermilk, shaken
-1 large egg, beaten lightly

Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the butter into bits and mix into dry ingredients with hands until mixture resembles coarse meal.

In a small bowl combine the buttermilk and egg. Stir this mixture into the flour mixture and form the dough into a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 1 minute, or until it is smooth.

Transfer to a greased baking sheet and form it into an 8-inch round... make the bread higher than you think and less wide than you think. Cut a 1/4 inch deep X in the center of the load.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

Serve and enjoy.

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