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riley family soda bread

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Elizabeth Chuan-Riley
anytown, CA

Easy and delish! As we are the Irish family amongst our friends, I always make several loaves of this to share on St. Patrick's Day. With or without raisins, you'll love it!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Soda bread is simple, rustic, and never pretentious. The Riley family has hit the nail on the head. From the firm crust to the moist center, this is a perfect soda bread. Spread with a little butter or use it to sop up broth from your favorite stew. With or without raisins, this bread is a great addition to any meal but also shines on its own.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 10 -12
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For riley family soda bread

  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
    low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 c
    natural applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 1/2 c
    raisins, optional
  • 2 Tbsp

How To Make riley family soda bread

  • Spraying a cake pan with cooking spray.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8 inch round cake pan with cooking spray.
  • Dry ingredients combined in a large bowl.
    In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Buttermilk, applesauce, and butter combined in a small bowl.
    In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, applesauce, and butter.
  • Adding wet to dry ingredients.
    Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture.
  • Stirring until dough forms a ball.
    Stir until mixture forms a ball.
  • Adding raisins to the dough.
    Turn out dough onto well-floured surface; knead in raisins. If not adding raisins, knead 10 times.
  • Patting dough into a 6-inch round ball.
    Pat dough into a 6" round.
  • Cutting a cross into the top of the dough.
    Place dough in prepared pan. Cut a cross in the top of the dough, 1/4 inch deep, with the tip of sharp knife.
  • Brushing dough with milk.
    Brush top of dough with milk.
  • Toothpick coming out of the bread clean.
    Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cooling the bread before removing from the pan.
    Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; turn right side up. Cool completely before slicing.