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Holiday Breads
by Brenda Arnold
Authentic Irish Soda Bread By: Brenda Arnold
- 2 cups white flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 tbsp. butter, chilled
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until it is pea-sized. Stir in the raisins and buttermilk or yogurt. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, knead 1 minute, and shape into a disk. Cut an "X" in the top and bake on a greased baking sheet for 45 to 50 minutes. Makes one 8-inch-wide loaf.

Banana Nut Bread By: Brenda Arnold
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg, well beaten
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1 ½ C flour
1 C sugar
1t salt
1t baking soda
½ C chopped nuts


In large mixing bowl, mix together bananas, egg, and butter. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, and soda and stir into banana mixture until well blended. Add nuts. Pour batter into loaf pan (9x5inch) and bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Easy Mother's Day Blueberry Muffins By: Brenda Arnold
- 1/2 c Butter
- 1 c Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 C flour
- 1 C milk
- 1/2t salt
- 2t baking powder
- 1 ts Vanilla
- 2 c Blueberries
- 1/2 C Sugar mixed with cinnamon

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time; mix until blended. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; add alternately with milk and vanilla. Mash 1/2 cup blueberries; stir into batter. Add remaining whole berries. Grease muffin tins. Pile batter high. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon topping. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
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