Irish Soda Bread

1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups flour
2 1/3 teaspoons salt
1 cup of  raisins
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon butter

In a bowl, combine baking soda, sugar, flour, salt, raisins and cream of tartar. Make a whole  in the center. Add buttermilk and mix lightly and quickly with a fork or your hands.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for one minute. Shape into a circle, about 1 ½ inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Make a few X marks across top.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove and brush top with butter. Cool completely before serving.

  Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva
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