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                             IRISH SODA BREAD 2
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       tb           Butter, softened
    4       c            All-purpose flour
    1       t            Baking soda
    1       t            Salt
    1 1/2   c            Buttermilk
   Preheat the oven to 425.  With a pastry brush coat a
   baking sheet evenly with the tablespoon of softened
   butter. Sift the flour, soda and salt together into a
   deep mixing bowl.  Gradually add 1 cup of the
   buttermilk, beating constantly with a large spoon
   until the dough is firm enough to be gathered into a
   ball .  If the dough crumbles, beat up to 1/2 cup more
   buttermilk into it by the tablespoon until the
   particles adhere.
   Place the dough on a lightly floured board and pat and
   shape it into a flat circular loaf about 8 in
   diameter and 1 1/2 " thick.  Set he loaf on the baking
   sheet.  Then with the tip of a small knife cut a 1/2
   deep X into the dough,dividing the top of the loaf
   into quarters.
   Bake the brad int the middle of the oven for about 45
   minutes or until the top is golden brown.
   There are a couple of variations on this.  You can add
   1 cup currants or raisins with the flour.  Also you
   can sprinkle the top of the loaf with caraway seeds.
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