Originally Posted on March 12, 2012
When I took the loaf out of the oven and I sent a picture to my mom with a caption”look how beautiful”. Both of us love this bread an wonder why is it then that we only make it around St. Patrick’s day!? Would it be as delicious and anticipated if I made it more throughout the year – not sure – but this is the year I am going to find out! We had the bread plain, toasted with butter and as part of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Irish Soda Bread
1/2 pound raisin or about 2 cups
4 cups flour (I used whole wheat and white wheat flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp (omit if using salted butter)
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 pound butter (1 stick)
1 cup buttermilk (preferred) or milk
1. Place raisins in a glass bowl and add enough hot water to cover – let them sit 5 – 10 minutes to plump up. Then drain.
2. Preheat oven to 375
3. In a large glass mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and raisins.
4. Cut cold butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until it resembles cornmeal.
5. Beat eggs lightly, add buttermilk and then mix with the flour mixture. If it is too dry add some more buttermilk, a little at a time.
6. Turn out on floured surface and knead. Shape into a round loaf and cut a cross on the top with a knife.
7. Bake in a greased cast iron skillet or 9 inch round cake pan for 1 hour. Done when a knife comes out clean.
8. Place on wire rack to cool completely.
We enjoyed this plain, toasted, with lots of butter and with almost all meals until it was gone!