This bread is pretty easy to make, and since it is a non-yeast bread it goes quickly, even though it is kneaded briefly. You may change the spices to suit your own taste also.
This batch was made with part whole wheat, raisins and a Middle Eastern sweet bread spice for which I do not know the proper name. I did not make it in this dish, but put it there to store it as the dish has a sealing lid.
Irish Soda Bread4 Cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/4 Cup sugar (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cardamom or coriander (optional)
1/4 Cup margarine
1 3/4 Cups buttermilk
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, soda, sugar, and spice. Add margarine and cut in until crumbly. Beat egg slightly and mix with buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients and mix until blended. Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
Divide dough in half and shape each into a round loaf. Place each in an 8 inch cake pan, or both on a cookie sheet. Press down and make several 1/2 inch deep slashes in the top with a sharp knife.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
1. Omit spice and add 2 Cups of raisins and 1 1/4 teaspoons caraway seed.
2. Substitute 2 Cups whole wheat flour for 2 Cups white flour.
3. 2 Cups of raisins or chopped, pitted dates can be added.