How to make Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
To prepare a delicious Irish soda bread with raisins first heat the oven to 200°C (180° fan).
Grease a baking tray.
Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk and add the raisins, mixing quickly with a broad bladed knife, until the mixture forms a soft dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead lightly.
Pat or roll out the dough into a round about 4 cm thick and place on the baking tray.
Mark the top into 4 sections and bake for about 20 minutes, until just coloured and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool the Irish soda bread with raisins on a wire rack covered with a clean tea towel - this keeps the crust soft.