I was looking for some "Irish" recipes to try this month and decided to start with this bread. It was easy and turned out good. My outside was lumpier than desired, but I think maybe a little better dough shaping on my part would have solved that. I was sad because I like pretty loaves. Anyway, it tasted really good. The kids sure liked it.
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 butter or margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, mix first six ingredients (to softened butter). Sitr in 1 cup buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush loaf with mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'x' into the top of the loaf.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. While baking brush loaf a few times with the butter/buttermilk mixture.