I love to have Irish Soda Bread for breakfast hot out of the oven with some low fat spread and a cup of tea. This is very easy to make, even if you have no experience baking. If you prefer to make a bread to serve with dinner, omit the raisins and sugar and you can add caraway seeds.
1 1/2cupsall purpose flour
1 1/2cupswhole wheat flour
1 1/2tspbaking soda
1 1/2cups1% buttermilk
3oz2/3 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375°.
Mix all dry ingredients (first 5) in a large bowl with a whisk.
Slowly add buttermilk stirring with a wooden spoon until a soft dough is formed.
Add raisins, knead the dough lightly on a sheet of wax paper or a floured surface for about 1 minute.
Form into a round, slightly flattened shape.
Place on a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Using a sharp knife, make an X at the top about 1/2 inch deep. Bake about 40 minutes, until golden.
To test if it's done, insert a toothpick into the bread, if it comes out clean it is done.
Let it cool on a bakers rack for about 5-10 minutes before serving.