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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I love fresh bread. While I sometimes use my bread machine to make fresh loaves, I also love the simplicity of soda bread. Soda bread is bread leavened with baking soda instead of the traditional yeast. Many variations of soda bread are available, but I have a special affection for the recipe given to my mom by a family friend. This Irish soda bread is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and pairs especially well with corned beef.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of unsifted flour
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl
  3. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk and beaten egg to the mixture. Stir until blended.
  5. Add the raisins and caraway seeds to the dough.
  6. Knead the dough until smooth.
  7. Shape the dough into two round loaves.
  8. Place the loaves on a greased baking sheet.
  9. Cut a cross into the top of each loaf.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. Allow the Irish soda bread to cool before cutting.
  12. Store the cooled Irish soda bread in an airtight container.

Flour for Irish Soda Bread Dry Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread

Combining the Dry Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread Butter for Irish Soda Bread

Buttermilk for Irish Soda Bread Egg for Irish Soda Bread

Stirring the Dough for Irish Soda Bread Caraway Seeds for Irish Soda Bread

Dough for Irish Soda Bread Unbaked Irish Soda Bread

Baked Irish Soda Bread Irish Soda Bread

Image Credits

Irish Soda Bread Recipe © 2018 Heather Johnson
Flour for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Dry Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Combining the Dry Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Butter for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Buttermilk for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Egg for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Stirring the Dough for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Caraway Seeds for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Dough for Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Unbaked Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Baked Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson
Irish Soda Bread © 2018 Heather Johnson

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