Irish Soda Bread

Submitted by: Melanie Young-Author
Legend says the "x" on top of the Irish Soda Bread is meant to ward off evil spirits.

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners

Preparation time:
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Dietary guidance: v 

Tags: bread · irish ·

Ingredients

3 tbsp butter
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk

Method

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet.

2. Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl, using pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl.

3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.

4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter, softened, if desired.

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