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Irish Soda Bread

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In case you didn’t know, it’s St. Patrick’s day!!! In honor of today we decided to make and post our family Irish Soda Bread recipe. This particular recipe has been handed down in our family forever. My grandfather George, Rebekkah’s great-grandfather, immigrated to the US as a teenager in the late 1800’s and was a man who loved to cook! And Irish Soda bread was one of his favorites! I make it every year and now Andy, Rebekkah’s big brother, also makes it. I love that. Anyway, here it is and Happy St. Patrick’s day!!!

Irish Soda Bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, dust with flour OR line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Sift together:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Add:

6 tablespoons chilled shortening – now this can be good old Crisco shortening or unsalted butter or a combo of both. We like to use a combo. The shortening adds a flaky crumb and the butter adds that buttery yummy taste.

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Cut together with knifes until it is a coarse cornmeal texture. Using a potato masher works well here. Or there are always your hands :-)

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Stir in:

1/2 cup to 1 cup raisins

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Add gradually:

1/2 cup to 2/3 cup buttermilk (plain yogurt can be substituted).

Knead briefly, mixture should not be dry. Shape into loaf and put into your greased loaf pan. Or shape into a round loaf and place on parchment covered cookie sheet. Cut an X on the top and brush with buttermilk.

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Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

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  1. JoAnn Jeffrey says:

    Oh, my (sweetie pie!), that looks so very delicious! Sigh…I can just imagine the Heavenly aroma!

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