This traditional Irish soda bread is easy and a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Keyword: Irish Soda Bread
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks
3tablespoonsbutter or margarinesoftened
2 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
Extra butter or margarine for basting
Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until resembles fine crumbs.. (I use a fork to do this.Some people us a pastry blender)
Stir in raisins and buttermilk. (I soak my raisins in boiling water for 30 minutes but this is not necessary).
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times until smooth. Shape into a round loaf. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet.
Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the loaf. Baste the loaf with melted butter before baking and again a couple of times while baking. Cook in preheated 375 degree oven 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.
Legend says the cross or X is cut into the top of the bread to ward off evil spirits. Don’t leave the X off!!!