reprinted from http://www.cruisingcompass.com/
For The Hungry Crew… Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again with this easy Irish Soda Bread. Not only is it tasty, but soda bread is so easy to make in the galley (no yeast means no rising time!). Although this is not your traditional soda bread, which only contains flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk, it is a little healthier and you can also add a little sugar to make it a sweeter bread if you like. Irish Soda Bread •4 cups flour •1 teaspoon salt •3/4 teaspoon baking powder •1 teaspoon baking soda •1/2 cup raisins, dried currants or dried cranberries (optional) •1 1/2 – 2 cups buttermilk (or use regular milk combined with 2 teaspoons white or cider vinegar) 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter a baking sheet or cake pan. 2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and soda, then stir in the raisins, if desired. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft, kneadable dough. 3. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead it briefly. Shape it into a round loaf and place it on the baking sheet. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf with a single-edged razor blade or a very sharp, floured knife. 4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.