Alicia's Soda Bread
A friend of mine gave me this recipe. She quickly wrote it down from memory, and it's excellent. Buttermilk makes all the difference, but plain milk will work if necessary. Another friend of mine, Mary, tells me that her Irish grandmother would have called this a scone. Soda bread or scone, it's delicious and easy to make. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!
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3 c. all purpose or bread flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. each aluminum free baking powder and baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. buttermilk
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries
Yields: One large loaf
Preheat oven 350. In large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Then add buttermilk all at once. Stir until almost combined. Add the raisins or dried cranberries. Mix until just combined. Do not mix past this point, or else it will rise less. This will be a sticky dough that is hard to mix with a spoon. Flour your hands and mix by hand if necessary. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray (such as Pam). Place the dough in one heap on the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. If the top browns too fast, place a sheet of foil on top, without wrapping it. When finished, the loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom with your fingers. Delicious served warm or room temperature.
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