irish soda bread

irish soda bread

adding this to our bread collection, even though i make the
artisan bread almost weekly – this is so different and so good.
it’s much faster to make with no yeast and no rising team needed..
it’s so uniquely delicious. you probably have all the ingredients on hand,
and if not buttermilk it is super easy to substitute with any of these.
it kind of tastes like one giant yummy biscuit, but in bread form! it’s crunchy and chewy and perfect. make it on st. patty’s and all year round!

2 cups flour 
2 TB sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup raisins, optional
1 cup buttermilk 
1 TB butter, melted to top
flour to dust
 
In a large bowl soft together the flour, sugar, baking soda, powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add raisins if desired! Add buttermilk, fluff with fork until moistened. 
 
Knead gently about 1 minute. Shape into a ball. Place dough onto a greased cookie sheet or pie plate and flatten into a 7-inch circle. Dough should be about 1.5 inches thick. Using a sharp knife, score an X on the top if desired for shape. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Remove and cool on wire wrack. Brush top with melted butter and sprinkle with flour. Enjoy with honey!