I wanted to start our St. Patrick's Day off right, so I baked a loaf of lovely Irish Soda Bread.
This recipe was inspired by a friend's grandmother, and it makes one loaf.
4 cups flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1 cup raisins
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups of buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
Add the butter and use a pastry cutter to blend until it resembles coarse meal. Then, stir in raisins.
Add beaten egg and buttermilk and mix until it is stiff. You may need to add a bit more flour. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead slightly. Shape into a round loaf.
Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased cast-iron skillet. Score the top of the dough with an "X" shape. Bake the bread until golden and sounds hollow when tapped. It took at least 40 minutes.
I prefer it warm, so what we didn't eat right away, I toasted and spread with butter. Delicious!