Irish soda bread is a wonderful traditional Irish quick bread with currants, caraway seeds and honey. Here is a simple make ahead mix recipe that is wonderful for gift giving or to whip up an Irish soda bread in just a few moments time.
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
1 c. dried currants or raisins
1/2 c. light-brown sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
Measure all ingredients into a large ziploc bag, seal & shake well. (This makes 1 package of Mix)
1 package Irish Soda Bread Mix (as listed above)
1/2 c. butter softened
1 c. buttermilk
Cut the butter into the bread mix working it in with your fingers or a mixer until it resembles cornmeal. In a small bowl beat egg & buttermilk together and pour into the mix. Stir just enough to moisten evenly, but don't over mix or your bread will be tough. Serve drizzled in honey.
Shape into a high round ball and place on a buttered cookie sheet. Make a criss-cross slash across the top Bake at 350F for 45-55 minutes. Cool before slicing.