Traditional Irish Soda Bread that your entire family will love. Great as toast for breakfast (if you have any leftovers).
- 2 cups flour, all-purpose
- 2 tbsp sugar, granulated
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter, unsalted, cold, cut into 1/2" dice
- Scant 1 cup buttermilk, low-fat
- 1/2 large egg. lightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the cubed butter.
- With an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, blend the mixture until the butter is mixed into the flour.
- Combine the buttermilk, egg, and grated orange zest. Add it to the flour mixture. Blend on low speed until combined.
- Toss the raisins in a bowl with 1/2 tablespoon flour to coat the raisins. Mix them into the flour and buttermilk mixture until they are incorporated. Don't overmix or the dough will turn a brownish color from the raisins.
- The dough will be wet.
- Take the dough out of the mixing bowl and place it on a lightly floured board. Knead a few minutes and shape into a round 6" in diameter loaf.
- Using a sharp knife, make an "X" on the top of the loaf.
- Bake in 350 ° F oven for 40 minutes until lightly brown and a cake tester comes out clean. The loaf will have a hollow sound when you tap it.
- Let cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Leftovers should be tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container.