Farmhouse loaf

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
8 ounces Flour
4 ounces Sugar
8 ounces Mixed dried fruit
½ x Grated rind of a lemon
2 tablespoons Butter
½ teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1 pinch Baking soda
1 x Egg, beaten
1¼ cup Buttermilk

Mix the flour, sugar, fruit, lemon rind, butter, baking powder and soda. Add the beaten egg and the buttermilk to make a nice soft dough; beat well and pour into a greased 2-pound loaf pan. Bake at 300 F for 1 hour, or until it tests done with a skewer. From Diane Duane Spice Bread (Irish): [Aran Spiosrai] Servings: 8 10 oz Flour 2 t Baking powder ½ t Baking soda 1 t Mixed spice * ½ t Ground ginger 4 oz Light brown sugar 2 oz Chopped candied peel 6 oz Raisins, plain or golden 4 oz Butter 6 oz Golden syrup ** 1 x Large egg, beaten 4 T Milk * Equal parts of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. ** Lyons' Golden Syrup, carried in some fancy groceries. If you can't find it, use Karo golden corn syrup. Sift the flour with the soda and baking powder, and the mixed spice and ginger: then add the brown sugar, chopped peel and raisins: mix. Make a well in the center.

Melt the butter with the syrup over low heat, then pour into the well in the mixture. Add the beaten egg and milk and mix very well. Pour into a greased 2-lb loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven at 325 F for 40-50 minutes, or until it tests done. This bread will keep moist for several days, and actually improves somewhat during this period. From Diane Duane

Submitted By PAT STOCKETT On 03-06-95

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