Irish Soda Bread is a delicious served warm with butter and jam along with a hot cup of coffee.
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk + 1 tablespoon
1 egg, beaten
1 cup currants
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.In a measuring cup, combine buttermilk with egg. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Measure out currants and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour on top. Shake the measuring cup to disperse the flour to evenly coat. Fold currants into the dough. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan, shape into a circle, and cut an X that's about a half inch deep into the top of the bread with a knife.
Combine melted butter and buttermilk; brush over top of bread to coat. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
If you don't have buttermilk, add a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice to milk and let sit for 10 minutes.