It may be Pi day, but I think we need a little luck of the Irish these days. I’v…

It may be Pi day, but I think we need a little luck of the Irish these days. I’ve used this recipe for years; don’t know where I got it. I love it so much, but I limit it to this time of year to keep is special. There is nothing like a warm slice of Irish Soda bread with melted butter. ☘️ Perhaps it can lure my teenagers down from their bedrooms and their social-distancing-from-parents. 🤷‍♀️. 👩🏻‍🍳. Irish Soda Bread

2 cups flour
5 Tbs sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp cold butter, diced
1 C buttermilk
2/3 c raisins

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Coat an 8 or 9 in round cake pan with cooking spray.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, 4 Tbsp sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add butter, rubbing it into flour mixture with your fingers until a coarse meal forms.
4. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Pour in buttermilk and stir to blend. Stir in raisins. Flour your hands and shape dough into a ball.
5. Transfer dough to pan and flatten slightly (not all the way to edges of pan). Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp of sugar.
6. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
Serve this break with butter, your favorite fruit preserves and, of course, steaming mugs of tea! ☕️.

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