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irish soda bread

(4 ratings)
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Well, March is upon us which means it's Irish soda bread time! I've made many soda breads over the years... this recipe is the one I love most. And clean up is a snap since the preparation only involves two bowls and a wooden spoon. I don't even bother with a whisk. This bread will stay moist for up to 4 days but it never is around that long at my house. The flavor is intensified when lightly toasted and enjoyed with gobs of butter, a cup of tea; or, when the mood dictates, a glass of wine. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Many families have their recipe for Irish soda bread and Christine's soda bread is fantastic. It's more tender than most loaves of soda bread with a subtle sweetness accented by caraway seeds and raisins. Besides being baked in a loaf pan (and not shaped round), this Irish soda bread is more cake-like than bread-like. Serve warm with a smear of butter alongside beef stew or corned beef. Or, enjoy with a cup of tea for an afternoon St. Patrick's Day snack.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 8 -10
prep time 10 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For irish soda bread

  • 1 2/3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 2 tsp
    caraway seeds
  • 1 lg
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 stick
    warm melted butter (unsalted preferred)

How To Make irish soda bread

  • A greased loaf pan.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch (6 cup) loaf pan.
  • Flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, caraway, and raisins in a bowl.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, caraway, and raisins.
  • Buttermilk, egg, and melted butter in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, and melted butter.
  • Combining buttermilk and flour mixtures.
    Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.
  • Stirring until ingredients are just combined.
    Stir just until the ingredients are moistened. The batter will be stiff but sticky.
  • Making an X in the batter in a loaf pan.
    Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Use a sharp knife to slash a large X on top of the batter.
  • Baking the Irish soda bread.
    Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.
  • Cooling the Irish soda bread.
    Let cool in the loaf pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.