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You'll love this Irish soda bread. It's a classic St. Patrick's day dish.
Raisins - optional
Whisk together the flour, white sugar, salt, and baking powder until well combined.
Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until well-distributed and dry ingredients resemble clumpy sand.
Stir in raisins.
In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, beat together the buttermilk and egg until well-combined.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk-egg mixture.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until you're unable to stir anymore
Next, use your hands to continue kneading the dough, at least 2 minutes until it's mostly no longer sticky and the dough forms a cohesive ball.
Place the ball of dough onto the prepared skillet or cookie sheet.
Use a sharp knife to cut a large X-shape in the center of the dough to allow steam to escape.
Bake for 45-55 minutes
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