Use these two recipes for soda bread, one classic and one a bit more modern, when you have holiday guests to entertain. Soda bread is a staple of many European cuisines, but it is perhaps most eaten in the United States as the St. Patrick's Day holiday approaches.
Grease a 9” cake pan and preheat your oven to 350 F. Take a large bowl and bix together your flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Cut the butter into your mixture until fully combined, and then fold in your raisins. Separately, whisk together your buttermilk and eggs. Then beat your buttermilk into your flour to form a dough, which you then should put in your cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes and serve.
Grease an 8” cake pan and preheat your oven to 400 F. In a food processor at medium speed, combine all of your ingredients, making sure not to over beat the mixture. Pour your batter into your pan and bake for 20 minutes. Next, turn down the temperature to 350 F and bake for another 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.
Your holiday guests will love this festive bread!