Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 8” pie or cake pans
4 – 4 ¼ Cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Soda
3 tsp baking powder
¼ Cup sugar
¼ Cup butter
1 ¾ Buttermilk
2 Cups raisins or currants
In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and sugar until thoroughly blended.
Cut in cold butter. I literally take my hands and just break it into the dry ingredients by crumbling it through my fingers until fully into the flour mix. (do not melt the butter!)
Add Raisins if you like! I do!
Beat the egg slightly and add to buttermilk
Stir the buttermilk/egg into the dry mixture until blended.
Turn out the soft dough onto a floured board
Knead until smooth (2 -3 minutes)
Divide dough in two. Shape each half into a smooth round loaf.
Place in 2 greased 8” pie or cake pans. Press down until dough fills the pan.
Cut a cross in the top of the loaves. Sprinkle with some sugar (or not)
Bake 375 degrees for 35-40 min for some of the finest Irish Soda Bread you have ever tasted..
A cube of room temperature butter is recommended as you will want to eat this as soon as possible, maybe even before it is possible. We have seen the loaves be totally consumed before they cool.
Enough and no waste is as good as a feast – Irish Saying –
There will be no waste on these loaves. guaranteed!