With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, try out a simple Irish recipe that will impress all your Irish and American friends!
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup margarine, softened
1¼ cup buttermilk, divided
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Grease a large baking sheet.
2. In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Next, stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and the egg. Sprinkle flour onto a smooth surface and lightly knead the dough. As you are kneading, add the raisins. Shape the dough into a ball and place on the greased baking sheet.
3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ¼ cup buttermilk and the melted butter. Spread the mixture over the top of the loaf. Lightly cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
4. Bake for 45–50 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and come away clean. You may continue to brush the loaf with the buttermilk and butter mixture while cooking.
5. Leave out for 10 — 15 minutes or until cool
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