My Dad’s Famous Irish Soda Bread

My parents had their annual St. Patrick’s Day party last night and the two loaves of this soda bread absolutely disappeared. Sadly, that means no soda bread for breakfast this morning. I promised to post the recipe first thing today …

IRISH SODA BREAD

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
4 cup flour
1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Butter and flour two 9×5 loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with a pastry blender or fork. Add the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with the blender or fork.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together egg and buttermilk.
4. Make a well in the flour-butter mixture. Pour in the egg mixture. Mix gently but thoroughly. Stir in raisins. (My dad mentioned that this was so hard to stir that he used the dough hook on the stand mixer for this part.)
5. Transfer the dough to the pans, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a skewer inserted into the center of the loaves comes out clean.
7. Cool the loaves in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out of the pans and leave to cool completely.

ENJOY! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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