Riley Family Soda Bread

Elizabeth Chuan-Riley


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!

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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


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15 Min
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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8 inch round cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, applesauce, and butter.
  4. Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture.
  5. Stir until mixture forms a ball.
  6. Turn out dough onto well-floured surface; knead in raisins. If not adding raisins, knead 10 times.
  7. Pat dough into a 6" round.
  8. Place dough in prepared pan. Cut a cross in the top of the dough, 1/4 inch deep, with the tip of sharp knife.
  9. Brush top of dough with milk.
  10. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; turn right side up. Cool completely before slicing.

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About Riley Family Soda Bread

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Collection: St. Patrick's Day
Hashtags: #Irish, #st, #day, #soda, #Patricks

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