My mother made Irish soda bread anytime of the year; it's one of those quick breads that takes little time to make and very few ingredients. I came across this recipe while visiting Ireland in 1993 during our 25th Anniversary trip. We had taken a bus to Waterford and ate at a little restaurant before going to a play. The soda bread that came with our dinner was so unusual...it was savory and had no raisins in it, like the one I had made from my mother's recipe. This one had cheddar cheese and chives which accompanied our entree so perfectly. Slathered with Irish butter, it truly was something to remember.
Preheat oven to 350Fdegrees. Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
4 cups all purpose flour
1 T baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
6 T unsalted butter, cold
Place all of these ingredients in a bowl of a food processor and pulse until the butter is incorporated. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Whisk these ingredients together and then, pour over the dry ingredients.