Irish Soda Bread

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Serves: A Family
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Cooking Method: Bake


3 c flour (sifted 3 times)
1 1/2 tsp of each: baking soda and baking powder
1/3 c sugar
1 c buttermilk (can also use sour milk)
1 c raisins

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Colleen Sowa Recipe
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La Crosse, WI (pop. 51,320)
Member Since Apr 2010
Colleen's notes for this recipe:
This is an easy bread that most Irish families made fresh every couple of days depending on the size of the family. This recipe was from my Great Grandmother Sullivan who had 15 children!
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Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Add in the sugar and raisins. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add in the buttermilk and form a dough. On a floured surface, knead to dough by folding the dough into itself over and over. Form a round shape and cut a cross shape on the dough to keep the bread from "bursting" during the baking process. Bake the bread for 35-40 minutes at 350°F.

*** Serve with Irish butter (or any butter). Eat warm, cold or toasted.
*** Traditional is with raisins, but you can substitute craisins or dried cherries. Or... omit any fruit.

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user A E JustMamaAnne - Feb 9, 2011
Anne Rodziewicz England [JustMamaAnne] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
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user Jenny Morrell redladycooking - Mar 15, 2011
I shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
user Jenny Morrell redladycooking - Mar 15, 2011
Hi Colleen, I shared a picture of the bread I made using this recipe. Can't wait to taste it!
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Mar 15, 2011
Jenny, thank you very much! Let me know how you like it! My grandson came home from school today and announced that his teacher said we should have Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day.... and did I know of a good recipe for it! LOL I guess I will have to borrow someones oven and make some for him.... as my oven is broken...

We are having Cornned Beef and Cabbage (boiled dinner) for St. Patty's Day.... My grandson just loves it!

Thanks for posting the photo!
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Mar 15, 2011
It looks beautiful by the way!!!

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