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  • 2 cups (475 ml) sifted all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml). baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml). baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml). salt
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml). sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chilled shortening
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) raisins or currants, or more to taste
  • 2 tsp (10 ml). caraway seeds
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2/3 cup (150 ml) buttermilk
  • milk
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees (200 C.).
  • Sift flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sugar together in large bowl.
  • Cut shortening into flour mixture until it's the consistency of coarse cornmeal.
  • Stir in raisins/currents and caraway seeds.
  • Mix egg and buttermilk together, add to dry ingredients and stir well.
  • Knead briefly and place in a greased 8 inch round pan.
  • Press down so dough will fill the pan.
  • Cut a bold cross over the top and sides so bread will not crack in baking.
  • Brush top with milk.
  • Bale 35 to 40 minutes.
Joy of Cooking recipes always come out okay, but all the soda bread I had in Ireland was made from whole wheat flour or a mix, I believe.

I have a recipe I brought back from there somewhere. If I find it, I'll post that for you here.

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