Irish Soda Bread
|All purpose flour||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Sugar||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 Tablespoon|
|Butter||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Dark raisins||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Buttermilk||1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
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.