irish soda bread and guinness butter

★★★★★ 7
By Malinda Coletta
from North Providence, RI

This version is one of the best yet... the house smells heavenly!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Crusty on the outside and tender inside, this Irish soda bread will be delicious on St. Patrick's Day. It's filled with flavor from the caraway seeds. Raisins add a pop of sweetness to the bread. Once baked, it's a dense bread but not dry. It freezes wonderfully too. We loved the Guinness butter on a piece of soda bread. Guinness has a robust flavor that's prevalent in the butter. It's sweet and savory at the same time. Enjoy for breakfast, as a snack, or alongside a bowl of hearty beef stew.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 7
serves 10
prep time 10 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For irish soda bread and guinness butter

  • IRISH SODA BREAD
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 1/2 c
    raisins
  • 1 Tbsp
    caraway seeds
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1 1/2 c
    buttermilk
  • GUINNESS BUTTER
  • 2 stick
    butter, room temp
  • 3 oz
    Guinness
  • 3 Tbsp
    honey

How To Make irish soda bread and guinness butter

  • Greasing a round pan while the oven preheats.
    1
    Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 1 9-inch round pan.
  • Flour, sugar, raisins, caraway seeds, and butter in a bowl.
    2
    In the mixer bowl combine flour, caraway, raisins, cubed butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Buttermilk mixed with an egg.
    3
    In a measuring cup with buttermilk, add one egg and beat. In a separate bowl, take the remaining egg and a bit of water and beat. Reserve this to brush dough with just prior to placing it in the oven.
  • Adding buttermilk to the flour.
    4
    With the mixer on low speed, add buttermilk and egg mixture. Mix until just blended; do not over mix.
  • Kneading the dough to form a ball.
    5
    Place dough on a floured surface. Add a bit more flour to top of the dough ball and knead for about 10 strokes to make a ball.
  • Brushing egg wash on top of the dough.
    6
    Place in greased pan. Baste with egg wash.
  • Cutting a cross into the dough.
    7
    Cut a cross on the top with a sharp knife.
  • Irish Soda Bread baking in the oven.
    8
    Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Allow to cool and wrap in plastic wrap this goes stale quickly.
  • Whisking Guinness, honey, and butter together.
    9
    A great addition to the final product is Guinness butter. To make, mix 2 sticks of room temp butter, 3 oz of Guinness, and 3 tablespoons honey in a mixer.
  • A loaf of Irish Soda Bread with Guinness Butter on the side.
    10
    Served on this bread is very yummy!
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