Irish Soda Bread

makes 1 loaf
Printable Recipe

4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375F and grease a sheet pan.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Using a spoon or your fingers, add the softened butter and mix until combined.  Add the egg and 1 cup of buttermilk; combine until a shaggy dough forms.  Dust a work surface with flour and knead the shaggy dough for a minute or two until you can form a ball.  Place on greased sheet pan.  Gently melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk together and brush over bread dough.  Cut an "X" on the top of the dough.  Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.  Cool completely before slicing.