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Food Sunday; Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread

(Picture courtesy of  Benn W. Bell at Wikipedia commons.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, wishing you a bit of Irish lilt, and good food to go with.  Please remember those who are hungry, and do something for that increasing number of the needy.

The standard Irish soda bread is worth a try, always something to go with the other parts of the meal and an addition to your day.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • Transfer to a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Celebrate well, and a pint of Guinness with this is just the top of the day for its proper enjoyment.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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