With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I have my mind wrapped around making Irish Soda Bread.
The great thing about Irish Soda Bread is that it doesn't contain yeast so it's easy and fast to make. Here's a recipe that a friend gave me. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to make it soon!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup raisins
1 and 1/4 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until crumby. Stir in the raisins, then stir in buttermilk just until the ingredients form a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently, six to eight times, until the dough holds together. Shape into a round loaf and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Cut a one-inch deep X across the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake 40-45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.