Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have made Irish Soda Bread on Saint Patrick's Day.We loooove it so much. It goes well with traditional Irish cuisine (can you even call corned beef and cabbage cuisine?), and can even makes for a great breakfast!
Irish Soda Bread
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4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round
and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture.
Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.
It should like like this when it's all done, nice and crispy on the outside and dense and yummy on the inside. Now, cut your self a slice.
Good toasted, with butter or jam. Tastes ever better the next day! Enjoy!