Corr na Móna Irish Soda Bread

Corr na Móna Irish Soda Bread

My grandmother made this bread ever week when I was growing up. She was from Corr na Móna, Ireland. Hence, the name Corr na Móna Irish Soda Bread. Corr na Móna has no English translation but if you have a chance to visit, it is one beautiful town.

4 Cups of flour

3T Sugar

1T Baking Powder

1 t Salt

1t Baking Soda

8 T Butter

2 Eggs

1 ½ c Buttermilk

2C raisins

Preheat oven to 350, grease pan.  Fork together first 5 ingredients, knife in butter.  In a cup beat eggs and remove 1 teaspoon.  Stir in buttermilk and eggs into flour mixture.  Knead dough for 2 minutes.  Shape into a ball, place in bowl.  Cut a 4” cross ¼” deep.  Brush top with remaining egg.  Cover with foil for first 30 mins of baking.  Remove foil and continue to bake for another 45 mins.  Depending on your oven this might take longer.  It is fully cooked when a knife inserted comes out clean.

My grandmother said when you make the cross on the top it is to remind you of the great sacrifice our Lord made.  The experts all say this is really done so the bread can release some of the moisture.  Personally, I like grams’ thought instead.

This is best toasted with butter.  Nothing compliments better than a cup of tea with all kids sleeping!

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