Irish Soda Bread

There is no better day for an Irish girl. Here's a favorite of mine - Irish Soda Bread. Make scones instead of bread and freeze and bake to keep the "green" alive all spring. 

Irish Soda Bread
Makes 1 loaf or 8 scones

4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar, plus more for garnish 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or regular whole milk, plus more for garnish 
1 egg, lightly whisked
1/4 cup caraway seeds
1/4 cup dried raisins or currants

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and sea salt. Using two forks break butter into the flour mixture until the size of peas. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add milk, egg, caraway seeds and dried fruit. Lightly toss the mixture until it is still saggy and somewhat floury. 

Butter a cake pan and place inside. Cut a cross in the top and brush and sprinkle with additional milk and sugar. 

Irish Soda Bread