The first time I had tried this was at my husband's parents home when we were dating. His family ate it simply with a bit of butter spread onto the slices. They would eat it along with their traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal for Saint Patty's Day. I have played around with a recipe over the past few years and came up with this one. Brian was so happy when he saw that I had baked some. He didn't want to share any either...I guess he liked it!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups of flour
1/3 cup of sugar
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
4 tbsp of chilled butter (cut into small pieces)
1 1/2 cup of golden rasins
1 large egg
1 3/4 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 cup of cream
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl place your flour, sugar, baking powder,salt, and butter. With a fork or a pastry cutter mix in the butter and cut it into pea size pieces. Place your rasins into this mixture and stir well.
Next, in another bowl place your egg, buttermilk and baking soda. Whisk well and pour into your flour mixture. Stir together all your ingredients until it forms a ball. Place your dough on a lined baking sheet and cut an X into your dough with a sharp knife. Then with a pastry brush dipped into the cream brush the dough well.
Finally place your prepared dough into your oven for about an hour and 15 minutes. When firm and golden remove from the oven and let cool about 20 minuted before slicing and serving. ***When done you can wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temp for 3 - 4 days.