Cutting the shallow X in the top of the dough before baking allows the bread to expand instead of cracking during the baking process. If you are not fond of raisins try dried currants or dried cranberries instead.
Product: St. Patrick's Day Recipes for Kids
Category: Irish Food Ideas - Breads
Irish Gold Soda Bread
3 3/4 C of flour
1/4 C brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t baking soda
3/4 C golden raisins
2 C of buttermilk
Allow the oven to heat up to 375 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Place the flour into a large mixing bowl.
Dump in the brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda and toss to combine well.
Fold in the raisins until incorporated into the dry mixture well.
Pour the buttermilk into a separate small bowl.
Break the egg into the buttermilk and whisk until completely combined.
Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are incorporated together and soft dough has formed.
Flour a flat surface lightly and transfer the dough to the surface.
Knead the dough 10 times or until the dough is pliable and smooth.
Form the dough into a large mounded round.
Place the dough on the prepared cookie sheet and use a sharp knife to cut a shallow X in the middle of the mound.
Bake the bread for 45 minutes or until browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.