*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                       SODA BREAD (IRISH WHISKY SODA)
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       x            -----------bread------------
    4       c            Flour, all purpose
    1       t            Salt
    1       t            Baking soda
      1/4   c            Butter, chilled
    1       c            Raisins or currants (option)
      1/2   c            Honey, liquid
      1/4   c            Irish whisky or buttermilk
    1       x            -----------glaze------------
    2       ts           Irish whisky
    2       ea           Ilk
   BREAD:  In large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking
   soda.  With pastry blender or two knives, cut in
   butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in
   raisins or currants (if using).  In separate bowl,
   combine buttermilk, honey and whisky.  Add all at once
   to dry ingredients; stir just until no dry spots
   remain.  Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.
   Knead lightly 1 minute (too much handling will toughen
   loaves, while too little will inhibit rising.)  Divide
   dough in half and shape each half into an 8 in (20 cm)
   round.  Place in two greased 8 in (1.2 L) round cake
   pans.  With floured knife, cut a cross 1/2 in deep in
   each loaf. GLAZE:  In small bowl, combine whisky and
   milk.  Brush loaves with glaze.  Bake in 350F (180C)
   oven 35 to 40 minutes or until loaves sound hollow
   when tapped on bottoms. Remove from pans; let cool on
   wire racks.  Cut into wedges.
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