Saturday, November 25, 2006

Gram's Irish Soda Bread

Funny, that I was thinking about this recipe at Christmastime. This recipe is really for St. Patrick's Day, although there is no reason it can't be made throughout the year.
Gram would make this recipe and eat it all ways, cold, warm, toasted, etc. It was mildly sweet and each bite brings back memories. I was thinking about it when I think of Gram.

Gram’s Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 T sugar
1 cup raisins
1 – 2 cups buttermilk,
Soak raisins in 1 cup warm water to plump. After 15 minutes, drain raisins.
Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Add raisins.
Make a well in center of mixtures and stir in 1 cup buttermilk, add additional milk as needed to moisten mixture and hold it together.
Knead and shape into a round loaf. Put into a greased pie plate. Slash a cross on the top of the bread.
Bake at 375 degrees for about an hour (until when you thump it, it sounds hollow).

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