Traditional Irish Soda Bread is a rustic peasant bread made without any yeast and no need to rise. Perfect for a St. Patrick's Day Dinner paired with crockpot corned beef and cabbage. Irish soda bread is soft and dense while having the most amazing crusty exterior.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
Slice the butter into small pieces and add them into the flour mixture. Pinch the butter in between your thumb and index finger and make a snapping motion in the flour mixture to break the butter into small pieces.
Slowly stir in the buttermilk until your dough forms one solid mass as you stir it with a fork.
Place the dough on a floured surface and form it into a ball.
Placed your dough and a cast-iron skillet that is at lease 8 inches.
With a sharp pairing knife mark the top of the dough with an X making sure you don't cut too deep for the dough will open up too much and you will not end up with an odd shape.
Make the dough in the oven until it's golden brown about 40 minutes.