A favorite St. Patrick's Day recipe, classic Irish soda bread is leavened with baking soda and some type of acidic ingredient, usually buttermilk. Raisins add sweetness to this hearty bread.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in raisins. Add buttermilk; stir with a fork just until moist.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times.
Press dough into an 8-inch round pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Cut into 12 wedges.
I am going to have to make this bread more often! So good - touch of sweetness and perfectly soft. The dough was quite a bit more sticky than I expected, so next time I will know to spray my hands with cooking spray before kneading it so that it doesn't stick to my fingers like it did!