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    Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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    1 hr 5 mins

    10 mins

    55 mins

    Gingerbee's Note:

    This traditional Irish soda bread is served warm with lots of butter to accompany your cornbeef and cabbage boiled dinner. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. 1
      Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
    2. 2
      Stir in currants and milk.
    3. 3
      Combine until well blended.
    4. 4
      Dough will be sticky.
    5. 5
      Turn out onto floured board and knead 10 times, until smooth.
    6. 6
      Shape into an 8" round loaf.
    7. 7
      Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
    8. 8
      Cut an"X" with a knife into the top of the loaf.
    9. 9
      Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
    10. 10
      Remove from oven; pour sugar and water glaze over the top and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 17, 2010


      This is outstanding Irish Soda Bread. My house smells of Corned Beef and Cabbage and this Lovely bread! Couldn't wait til dinner, so we just sampled the bread, the taste is wonderful, nice "softly dense" and slightly sweet. My only problem is that the bottom of the bread is rock hard. I basted it while baking with a buttermilk and melted butter blend, the top is just golden and nicely crusty. The mixture did not reach the bottom. I think that the temp. should be lowered slightly (350 next time I bake this-oh and I definitely will be baking this again) Also, wonder if baking on parchment or very lightly greased pan wouldn't be better. Overall, you will be very pleased with this bread, thank you for sharing it Gingerbee (have a super pic I hope to add via my Droid)

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    • on October 30, 2009


      this bread always turns out great. perfectly dense and moist, and excellent as-is or toasted. I leave out the currants and use a milk wash instead of a glaze, but that is just my preference.

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    • on March 17, 2008


      This is a great recipe. I've used it for a couple of years now, and I find it to be extremely easy and so delicious. I haven't used currants when I've made it, although it does sound good. Also, I've skipped the glaze. It works 'plain' like this as well. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Irish Soda Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (118 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 268.5
    Calories from Fat 7
    Total Fat 0.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 1.6 mg
    Sodium 292.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 59.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    Sugars 22.0 g
    Protein 6.9 g

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