Mr. Mascaro’s Irish Soda Bread

This recipe originally came from an Irish nun, who gave it to an Italian cop. ‘Nuff said.

4 cups flour

¾ cup sugar

2 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.16.21 AM

1 egg

¼ lb butter (1 stick), plus a bit for brushing.

2 cups buttermilk*

Optional: One cup raisins

(Super easy, should take less than 15 minutes to assemble, even with wee little helpers.)

Mix dry ingredients together, cut in one stick of butter.

In a separate bowl mix one egg. Mix together with buttermilk and add to dry ingredients. Stir in optional raisins.

If too dry, add milk (either reg or butter).

Put the sticky dough in a ball (more or less) onto a greased or no-stick foil-lined cookie sheet. (You can also use a cake pan.) Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. At 30 minutes, brush top with melted butter. Check doneness at 45 minutes.

Have a top o’ the mornin’ day.

*Don’t have buttermilk? Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to 2 cups milk. Let stand 5-10 minutes. It will be curdled. Use as is.

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