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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is actually a broad term for a lot of different types of bread made in Ireland. The Irish used bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) rather than yeast as the leavening agent for their breads, thus it became known as soda bread.

In the US, Irish soda bread is often served with corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. Here's the recipe, so you can enjoy it anytime.

You will need: two mixing bowls (one large, one small), measuring cups, measuring spoons, a pastry blender, a wooden spoon, a knife, a fork, a 10-inch round baking pan.

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup raisins
1 egg
1 1/3 cups buttermilk


1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Celsius.
2. In the large bowl, mix together the first five ingredients.
3. Cut the butter into chunks and add it to the same bowl. Then use the pastry blender to cut the chunks into the flour mixture. Continue until it looks like coarse crumbs. Then stir in the raisins.
4. Break the egg into the small bowl and beat with a fork. Add the buttermilk and stir together.
5. Add the egg and buttermilk mix to the large bowl and stir well. Use your hands to form the dough into a ball, mushing and packing it so that it's completely mixed.
6. Grease the baking pan. Place dough into the pan and press down on it so that it fills the pan. Cut an X about 1.4 inch deep across the top of the dough. This will help the dough from cracking while baking.
7. Bake 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool and enjoy!