Delicious Irish Soda Bread
|Unsifted all purpose flour/2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups regular flour||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Baking powder||3 Teaspoon|
|Sugar||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Butter/Margarine||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Currants/Seedless raisins||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Buttermilk/Regular milk plus 5 teaspoons vinegar||1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)|
Combine in a large bowl the flour, salt, baking powder, soda, sugar and spice, if used.
Add butter or margarine, and cut in with a pastry blender or two knives until crumbly.
Mix in currants if used.
Beat egg slightly and mix with buttermilk; add to dry ingredients and stir until blended.
Turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth, 2 or 3 minutes.
Divide dough in half, and shape each into a round loaf; place each loaf in an 8-inch cake or pie pan.
Press down until dough fills pans.
With a sharp knife, cut crosses on tops of loaves, about 1/2 inch deep in the middle.
Bake in a 375° oven for 35 to 40 minutes.