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Old 03-13-2006, 11:37 AM   #11
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Being Irish, I make soda bread frequently. I use only flour, salt, soda, a tiny amt of butter and of course buttermilk and currants. No eggs or sugar. I will admit that I have used other dried fruit in the bread with wonderful results i.e. cranberries, blueberries, raisens..... also candied citrus peel and citron. To get the right flour protein I mix 1/2 cake flour with 1/2 all purpose. Currants or other fruit add sweetness to the bread. Back in olden times sugar would have been an expensive ingredient but some no doubt may have used honey which would have been readily available for a sweeter bread. I had a lot of soda bread in Ireland and it never was sweet.

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