Irish Soda Bread

This was a popular recipe because it was quick – an easy recipe to produce on a day when you were spring cleaning or canning and needed a fast bread recipe.

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup dried currants (or raisins)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, soda and salt. Add currants and stir. Add buttermilk. Stir until just moistened. Turn onto floured cookie sheet, and knead with floured hands about 10 times. Shape dough into an 8″ diameter round and put it in a greased, round cake pan. Cut a cross into the top with a sharp knife. Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown.