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Irish Soda Bread

Yield 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. Sift together all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in whole wheat flour, mixing well. Add buttermilk, stirring until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead about 5 minutes. Shape dough into a round loaf; place on a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross 1/4-inch deep on top of loaf; lightly sprinkle cross with flour.

  3. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack.

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