- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 stick, cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk
- 1 extra-large egg
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
Lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the raisins into the dough. It should be wet.
Place dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Source: Slightly modified from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/irish-soda-bread-recipe.html