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irish soda bread

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

This fun and easy yeast free bread is prepped in under ten minutes. It has a crispy crust with a soft sweet cake like center. If you don’t like raisins be sure to read my flavor variation suggestions for both savory and sweet loaf recipes.

★★★★★ 1
serves 12
prep time 10 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For irish soda bread

  • 4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    butter well chilled
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp

How To Make irish soda bread

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2
    In large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Shred chilled butter into the flour mixture and stir to coat.
  • 3
    Whisk together buttermilk and egg. Stir buttermilk mixture and raisins into flour mixture. Turn mixture on to lightly floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Use a sharp knife to score an “X” on the top of the loaf.
  • 4
    Melt 2 tablespoons butter. Combine with 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Brush over loaf and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
  • 5
    Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Start checking the loaf after 30 minutes to check for doneness and to see if it is browning too fast. When browned to your liking cover with a loose piece of aluminum foil. This bread is best served warm with soft butter.