Soda Bread and St. Pat's Day

Corned beef and cabbage and potatoes are cooking away. Soda bread is ready to go in the oven. It is just in the last few years that I discovered soda bread and have started making a traditional Irish meal on St. Pat's Day. It is fun thing to do even though my heritage is German. I was surprised at how easy the soda bread is. And here is my recipe.

4 c flour 1 t baking soda 2 t baking powder 1/2 c sugar 1/2 c raisins pinch salt 1/2 (1 stick) butter, melted 2 eggs 2 c buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients and raisins together in a big bowl.

In a separate bowl mix the butter, eggs and buttermilk together.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry and stir until it forms a dough.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until it is well combined.

Butter 2 10- or 12-inch cast iron frying pans. Divide dough between the 2 pans. Flatten to fill, score an X across the top of the dough.

Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.