*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                    SAINT PATRICK'S DAY IRISH SODA BREAD
 
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 Serving Size  : 2    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    4       c            Unbleached flour
    1       t            Salt
    1       tb           Baking powder
    1       t            Baking soda
      1/4   c            Sugar
      1/8   ts           Cardamom
      1/4   c            Butter
    1                    Egg, at room temperature
    1 3/4   c            Buttermilk, at room
                         -temperature
    1 1/2   c            Currants
 
   Cut this crusty bread in wedges to serve.  Add two
   teaspoons grate lemon peel to complement the flavor of
   the currants.
   
   In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
   Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or work it in
   with your finger.  Mix the egg and buttermilk together
   and then add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir
   until well blended.  Add the currants and stir the
   mixture well. Turn out on a floured surface and knead
   gently for 3 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
   Divide the dough into two pieces, shaping each into a
   round loaf.
   
   Place each in a greased 8 inch cake or pie
   pan,pressing it down until the dough fills the pan.
   Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2 inch deep cross on top
   of each loaf.  Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for
   about 40 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when
   you thump it.  Turn out on a wire rack to cool.  Do
   not cut for about 4 hours. Makes 2 loaves.
   
   Origin: Hearth and Home Companion Shared by: Sharon
   Stevens
  
 
 
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