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Irish Soda Bread

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  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Baking powder 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Butter 6 Tablespoon
  Golden raisins 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Buttermilk 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2-quart round casserole.
2. In large bowl, mix first 5 ingredients. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissors fashion, cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in raisins. In cup, beat eggs slightly; remove 1 tablespoon beaten egg and reserve. Stir buttermilk and remaining beaten eggs into flour mixture just until flour is moistened (dough will be sticky).
3. Turn dough onto well-floured surface; with floured hands, knead 8 to 10 strokes to mix thoroughly. Shape dough into ball; place in casserole. In center of ball, cut a 4-inch cross about 1/4 inch deep. Brush dough with reserved egg.
4. Bake bread 1 hour and 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in casserole on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from casserole and finish cooling on wire rack.

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