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Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dark raisins 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Buttermilk 1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Egg yolk 1
  Water 1 Tablespoon
Directions

Grease a deep, 2 1/2-quart, heat-resistant, non-metallic caserole and set aside.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together into a large bowl.
With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles commeal.
Stir in raisins.
Combine buttermilk, egg and baking soda in a small bowl until thoroughly blended.
Stir buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients until well blended.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead lightly about 3 minutes or until dough is smooth.
Shape dough into a ball and place in prepared casserole.
With a sharp knife cut an "X" about 1/2 -inch deep into the top of the dough.
Beat egg yolk and water together.
Brush mixture over top of dough.
Cook, uncovered, on medium for 14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes in casserole; turn out of pan and allow to cool completely.

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