This Irish Soda Bread has a crunchy golden exterior, and a soft rich texture on the inside. Perfect for breakfast or as a side to a hearty soup for dinner!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the 4 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
Add the 1/2 cup of chopped butter to the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour mixture by using a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers. You want the end result to be fine crumbs, some larger chunks are okay.
Mix the egg with the 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk, and add to flour mixture. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.
Dump the dough out onto a floured surface, and divide into two parts. Shape the two pieces into a round or oval loaf, being careful not to overwork the dough.
Place both loaves onto a cookie sheet, but not touching together, and cut a cross on the top with a serrated knife. Bush the loaves with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.
Cook for 50-60 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack. The bread keeps great in the fridge for a week, or can be frozen for a month.