Irish Soda Bread

I've always loved buying and eating soda bread around St. Patrick's Day, and if I'd known how easy it is to make I would've done it long ago! This bread mixes up in about 5 minutes and tastes almost like a scone! Although it is delicious as is, it also makes an incredible breakfast toasted and covered in butter!

Irish Soda Bread
Makes one 8 inch round loaf

2 cups all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoons baking soda
3 tablespoons cold butter cut into cubes
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup golden raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
2. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl to blend.
3. Use your fingers to cut in the butter until the batter resembles a coarse meal.
4. Pour in the buttermilk and use a wooden spoon to stir in the milk. Then stir in the raisins.
5. Form the dough into a ball and place it on the baking sheet. Flatten the top of the dough slightly, but do not press it down too much.
6. Sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoon of sugar and bake for about 40 minutes,until a toothpick comes out clean.
7. Cool, slice, and enjoy!
(adapted from Epicurious)

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