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Exploring Vacations – Traditional Irish Soda Bread

What you need:
• 450g/1lb Self Raising Flour
• 1 Level Teaspoon Baking Powder
• Pinch of Salt
• 2 Dessertspoons Sugar
• 50g/2oz Margarine or Butter
• 1 Egg (beaten)
• 300ml/_pt Milk (approx)
• 125g/4oz Sultanas or Raisins (optional)

How to:
1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly dust a flat baking tray with flour.
2. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
3. Rub the margarine or butter into the dry Ingredients until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sultanas or raisins (if desired) and mix through.
4. Finally, add the egg and sufficient milk to make a soft dough, not too wet or sticky! Turn onto a lightly floured board and gently knead, just enough to bring the dough together.
5. Transfer to the prepared baking tray and shape into a round about 4cms/1_” deep. Cut a cross on top.
6. Bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown and has a hollow sound when tapped underneath has a hollow sound!
7. Serve, freshly baked, with a spreading of butter.

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