Irish Soda Bread

In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day and my Irish heritage (while a lot of my ethnic heritage is German, I do have a bit of Irish since my mom’s maiden name was Kelly), I recently made some Irish Soda Bread.  I have made this recipe for a number of years and found it to be one of my favorites after making a few tweaks.  Unlike a lot of Irish Soda Bread recipes, it is not dry and crumbly and does not contain caraway seeds.  Instead it is a sweet bread that makes a delicious toast for breakfast.

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup unsalted butter melted

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup and a handful of raisins

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(If you can find jumbo raisins or baking raisins they work best as they don’t get too dehydrated upon baking)

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 to 10 inch cast iron skillet or a large baking sheet.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl; make a well in the center.  In a smaller bowl, combine melted butter, buttermilk and egg.  Add the liquids to the dry ingredients, pouring it into the well and stirring to form a soft dough.  Add raisins and mix lightly.IMG_3616
  3. IMG_3614Transfer batter to skillet, shaping into a ball.  Or, with lightly floured hands, shape it into a ball on a baking sheet.  Slash an “X” across the top (it wards off the devil).  Bake until set, 50 to 60 minutes.

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Toast and enjoy with some Irish butter.

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Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day.! –June

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(He does not look too pleased to be “Leprechauned”)

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Irish Soda Bread

  1. Tracie March 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

    I love love love Irish soda bread!!!! Do you think that you could sprinkles course sugar on top like some versions have? I tend to like that touch of sweet. I’m sure that I it is not the traditional… but oh well ? Thank you for the recipe! As my girls get older, they enjoy these kinds of messy projects ?. I don’t think that they have done bread yet in any form.

    • maymeetsjune March 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

      I think you can totally put that coarse sugar on it. I have had it that way before. And your girls should be able to make it because this one is easy. No yeast so it can’t really be messed up. I hope they make you some.

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