Irish Soda Bread

4 cups of flour
1/3 cup of sugar + 1/2 tablespoon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup of butter milk
1 egg
1/4 cup of melted butter (for brushing on top)
1/2 cup of raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease baking sheet.
In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened butter. Mix in the buttermilk and egg until dough starts to form, then fold in raisins. If dough is still crumbly, add a splash of buttermilk until it comes together.
Knead dough on a floured surface. Form into a round loaf.
Brush the top of the loaf with 1/4 cup of melted butter then sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of sugar on top.
Cut an X into the top of the loaf using a sharp knife. Or, you can roll it into three balls and shape them a bit like clover leaf petals. Push them together and then bake. Sprinkle with green sugar instead of the regular sugar.
Bake for 1 hour. 

Source: Mess for Less

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