IRISH SODA BREAD WITH CURRANTS

Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 cup currants

Topping/glaze:

¼ cup butter, melted

¼ cup buttermilk

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray

-In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened butter. Stir in egg, buttermilk and currants.

-Turn dough out on floured surface. Knead lightly. Form dough into a round shape and place on baking sheet.

-In a small bowl, combine melted butter and buttermilk. Brush loaf with mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.

-Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture throughout the baking process.

-Serve with Irish butter and jam.

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Photo: Brittany Bailey