Irish Soda Bread II

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

Yield

16 servings

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, room temperature
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup raisins, if desired
3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a baking sheet or spray with cooking spray.

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.

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 baking sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with softened butter or margarine, if desired.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes

Additional Information

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 25), Total Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 2 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 240 mg; Total Carbohydrate 19 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g); Protein 3 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Fat

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