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Rich Raisin Irish Soda Bread

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  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Baking powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), softened
  Raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Caraway seed 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Buttermilk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg 1 , slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Stir in raisins and caraway seed.
Add buttermilk, blending to moisten the dry ingredients.
Turn dough onto a floured board; knead for several minutes until smooth.
Form dough into a round ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
Flatten ball until dough is about 1 1/2 inches high; brush top and sides with egg-water mixture.
Cut a 1/2-inch deep cross in top of bread with sharp knife.
Bake in a 375° oven 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Transfer to wire rack to cool; brush top with butter or margarine and cover with cloth.

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