A traditional bread of Ireland, made with the most basic of ingredients that we all have in our kitchens. Irish Soda bread is a delicious and an inexpensive to do at home bread.
4 C sifted flour
4 T sugar
1 t baking soda
1 and 1/2 t of salt
4 T unsalted butter cold cut in small pieces
1 and 3/4 C of buttermilk (if you don`t have buttermilk, make your own by mixing milk with lemon juice or vinegar)
1 t orange or lime zest
1 C raisins (dust then with flour before adding)
Preheat oven at 375.F. Mix all the dry ingredients, and add the pieces of butter. Whip the egg and mix with the liquid ingredients, then add to the flour mix. Mix until all the ingredients are together, don`t over mix. Transfer the dough onto the floured counter, knead and form a ball. Place in a grease baking pan, cut an x or a cross in the top of the dough and bake for 45 minutes or after the tester comes out clean.
If you buy from a baker or any supermarket that bakes artisan breads, a loaf of Irish Soda Bread, would cost you over $4.00 per loaf. You can cut the price in half by doing it yourself. It`s very easy to make, just mix, bake, and eat.
Serve hot, with butter, real butter. Enjoy!!