Irish Soda Bread


4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup buttermilk

Method of Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together flour and 1/2 cup of butter. Add baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar, and egg. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and mix until you get smooth dough.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut a big cross into the top of the loaf.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.