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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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