Irish soda bread is a St. Patrick’s Day staple. It’s good plain, under the broiler, toasted, buttered, and dipped in chocolate if you dare.
But no matter how you like your soda bread, here’s a starting point: an Irish soda bread recipe that rocks.
You will need:
4 cups of sifted flour
1/3 cup of butter softened
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of Caraway seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of sugar
1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/3 cups of buttermilk
1 cup of raisins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together. Mix in caraway seeds if you are using them.
With a pastry blender, cut in butter to the consistency of cornmeal. Add raisins.
Combine buttermilk, egg, and baking soda in a bowl and stir.
Pour mixture into dry ingredients and mix until moist. Turn out on counter and knead gently until smooth.
Place dough in a greased 8 or 9 inch pie plate or cake pan.
Cut a cross on top about 1/2 inch deep.
Sprinkle a little flour on top. Bake one hour in a preheated 375 degree oven.