Irish Soda Bread

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I am proud to have Irish ancestors who came to America during the Potato Famine so we had a big Irish feast here tonight in honor of those ancestors.  I got this recipe from Bob’s mom who as far as I  know is not Irish.  🙂  It is quick, easy, smells so yummy while baking and tastes delicious!

2 cups flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter

2 eggs, divided

3/4 cup buttermilk (or 1/4 cup vinegar plus 1/2 cup milk)  (I bought real buttermilk for this recipe and it tastes so much better than the substitution of milk plus vinegar)

1/3 cup raisins (NO!)

Combine dry ingredients then cut in butter with 2 knives or pastry blender until crumbly.  Mix  1 egg and buttermilk together in separate bowl and then stir into flour just until moistened.  Stir in raisins.  Knead on floured surface 1 minute.  Shape into round loaf and place on greased baking sheet.  Cut a 1/4″ deep cross on top of loaf.  Brush all over with beaten egg.  Bake at 375 for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown.

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