Nana Katie's Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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Nana Katie's Irish Soda Bread



When I was growing up in the 1950's, my Irish Grandmother, Katie McDonald lived with us. March 17 was always a big occasion in our house, and about a week before St. Paddy's Day Nana's sister, Mamie Griffin would show up at the back door. We knew that meant..Soda Bread! They would bake all day and by 4 o'clock, there'd be Soda Bread on every surface in the kitchen! The sisters never measured, so my sister sat with them one day and before they dumped the ingredients in the bowl, she measured everything and produced a recipe that's been a family favorite for over 60 years.

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1 Hr


30 Min


5 c
all purpose flour = don't use self rising
2 1/2 c
white sugar
3 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
baking soda
3/4 tsp
1 Tbsp
caraway seeds (heaping t)
3/4 box
dark raisins (15 oz. box)
1 5/8 c

Directions Step-By-Step

Grease two 8" round cake pans and preheat oven to 400
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Flour a large breadboard and place dough on board. Knead just a little, about 8 or 10 times. Cut dough in half.
Form dough into a round shape and place in pans. Brush tooops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. I do not put a cross on tops, I leave them plain.
Place in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes then turn oven too 350 and bake for 25 or 30 minutes. Remove from pans and wrap in tea towel to keep crust from getting too hard.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breads