Irish Soda Bread

Circle B Kitchen

True soda bread does not contain baking powder, so leave it out if you're so inclined. In actuality, authentic Irish soda bread contains only 4 ingredients... flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. But this version is so delicious, I wouldn't change a thing. But you do you.

4 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 to 2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup raisins

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Stir in the buttermilk, one half cup at a time, until the dough is soft but still just a bit sticky.

Lightly flour your hands and quickly knead the dough to form it into a rough ball in the bowl. If the dough is kinda too sticky, add just a little flour but do not over-knead or your bread will be tough.

Place the dough on the parchment-lined baking sheet and using a sharp knife, cut a large cross in the top.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the outside is brown and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap it. Serve immediately or place in a ziplock bag to store for up to a few days.