Irish soda bread

Yield: 1 round loaf

Measure Ingredient
3 cups A.P. flour, sifted
1½ teaspoon Baking soda
1½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Salt
½ Stick butter, room temp.
¾ cup Currants
1 tablespoon Caraway seeds
1 Egg
1 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Honey

Preheat oven to 350 F. Thoroughly mix together fifted flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the soft butter, working it in with your fingers until it is evenly distributed and the testure is a bit like corn meal. Stir in the currants and caraway seeds. Beat egg, buttermilk, and honey together in a small bowl. Add milk mixture to the dry ingreds. stiring only enough to moisten evenly. DO NOT OVERMIX. Turn out on a lightly floured board and briefly knead to form a smooth dough. Shape into a high, round ball. Place on a buttered baking sheet. Slash across vertically and horizontally about 4" long and ½" deep. Bake at 350 F. for 50 to 55 min. Cool 30 min. before slicing.

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