With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we have the perfect bread recipe to help celebrate the holiday. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this delicious, hearty bread! Honestly, because of how easy this recipe is, you can enjoy this delicious bread at any time of year. While this bread is best when it’s freshly baked, you can freeze it giving you another two months of delicious bread! You probably already have these ingredients on hand. Check out how easy this recipe is:

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 4 ½ c. flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 large, lightly beaten egg
  • 1 ¾ cups of buttermilk
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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven at 425℉
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together.
  • Work the butter into the flour mixture with your hands until it looks like coarse meal. After that, add in your raisins.
  • In the center of the flour mixture make a well where the buttermilk and beaten egg. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Stop mixing when the dough becomes too stiff to stir.
  • After dusting your hands with flour start to gently kneed the dough until it forms a ball. Add more a little more flour to your hands if it’s too sticky. Make sure you don’t over kneed the dough.
  • Lightly flour a flat surface and shape the dough into a round loaf. The dough should be shaggy, but not tough.
  • Put the dough into a cast-iron skillet or baking sheet that’s lightly greased. Don’t worry if it flattens out a little bit. Score the top an X that’s about 1½ in deep. This allows the heat of the oven to get to the middle of the bread.
  • Bake for 425℉ for about 35-45 minutes. The bread should be golden with the bottom sounding hollow with a tap.
  • Let cool a few minutes before moving it to a rack.