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Irish Soda Bread

amazingly easy!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of margarine, softened
  • 1 cup of buttermilk*
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup of butter, melted
  • ¼ cup of buttermilk*

*you will need both portions of buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a large baking sheet
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margarine together.
  4. Stir in the 1 cup of buttermilk and the egg.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.
  6. Form the dough into a round and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter with the ¼ cup of buttermilk.
  8. Brush the loaf with the butter/buttermilk mixture.
  9. Use a sharp knife to cut an "x" into the top of the loaf.
  10. Bake in the oven for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (you can begin checking after about 30 minutes).

NOTE: You may want to continue to brush the loaf with the butter/buttermilk mixture while it bakes.