Irish Soda Bread (With Variant for Spotted Do

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Title: Irish Soda Bread (With Variant for Spotted Do
Yield: 2 Servings
Categories: Ethnic, Irish, Bread

Ingredients:

6 c All purpose flour
2 ts Baking soda
2 ts Baking powder
3 tb Cornstarch
2 ts Sugar
1 ts Salt
2 1/2 c Buttermilk ***


----------------------------ADD FOR "SPOTTED DOG----------------------------
1/2 c Raisins or sultanas

*** may substitute 2 1/2 cup water and 10 tablespoons buttermilk powder.

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.

Add all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well. (If
making Spotted Dog variant, then add raisins.) Pour all of the buttermilk
into the bowl at once and stir, using a wooden spoon, just until a soft
dough is formed. Do not try to make it smooth at this point. Pour the
contents of the bowl out onto a plastic counter and knead for a minute or
so until everything comes together. You may need to add a bit more flour
depending on humidity. The dough should be smooth, not sticky.

Divide the dough into two portions and shape each into a round loaf,
pressing the top down a bit to just barely flatten it. Place the loaves on
a large ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle some additional flour on the top
of each loaf and, using a sharp paring knife, make the sign of the Cross in
slashes on the top of each.

Allow the loaves to rest for 10 minutes and then bake on the middle rack of
the oven for 40 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown and done to
taste.

Cool on racks.

Adapted from: The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors, by Jeff Smith.
Entered by Dale & Gail Shipp, Columbia Md. Personal comment: a close Irish
friend gives her stamp of approval on this as being an authentic Irish soda
bread. She supplied the "Spotted Dog" variant.

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