Irish Soda Bread

It doesn’t require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!

I have often been intimidated by yeast breads so more often than not I make cakes or quick breads instead. I feel like I can tackle the latter with more ease and confidence. I know I need to overcome this fear and attempt to make even an ordinary loaf soon – definitely before summer comes as it would be intolerable to turn the oven on during the warmer months.

However before I do so I thought I ought to make Irish Soda Bread first and see if I can actually make one. I know it doesn’t require yeast or a lot of kneading so perhaps it won’t be so difficult at all. Besides, I promised the kids I would make them some proper bread this weekend so now I cannot back out.

Irish Soda Bread

I am glad I made it and it came out fine despite my lack of skills in bread-making. This can only mean that anyone can also make this bread. And yes, it can look as lovely as the photo, too. It does’t take a lot of skills to make this and you can impress anyone with your work. So whether or not you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this bread is a delicious addition to your table. It’s perfect served warm so you can enjoy that delicious freshly baked taste. Spread a little butter on it and oh, it’s so good. This bread is also best eaten in  the same day it’s made. It’s quite a big round loaf so the entire family and perhaps even some friends can all enjoy this so feel free to share.

Now, I am all set to conquer my fear of making yeast breads! Until the next baking adventure!

 It doesn't require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!! #irish #sodabread

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Irish Soda Bread

By: Manila Spoon
March 14, 2015

This is an easy to make bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee.

Ingredients

    • 4 cups all-purpose Flour
    • 1/2 cup Sugar
    • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk plus a little extra for brushing on top
    • 1/3 cup unsalted Butter, melted
    • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 cup raisins (optional)


Note:
You can adjust the sweetness to your taste. Add more if you want it sweeter.

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
    2. Mix together the buttermilk, melted butter and lightly beaten egg in another bowl.
    3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the liquid ingredients into the well. Stir to form a soft dough. Add the raisins (if using) and mix lightly. You can use your hands for easier handling. Batter may be sticky.
    4.  Do not overmix. Shape into a ball.
    5. Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet, springform pan or to be more traditional, in a 9- to 10-inch cast iron skillet. Brush with extra buttermilk on top. You may also cut an X across the top, if you wish.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the bread is nicely browned on top and no longer looks shiny and doughy  (toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean).
    7. Let it cool in the pan or skillet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. I read that you can also cover the bread with a dish towel while it’s cooling on a wire rack. This should help maintain the tenderness of the crust.

Enjoy warm-ish with some butter and jam!

Note:

    If you’re not using an iron cast skillet for cooking (which I did) you may need to reduce the baking time (using the cast iron takes a little longer). Check the bread at 45 minutes to see if it’s already done.

Yield: 1 large Loaf, 26 slices
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 50Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour and 10 Minutes

 It doesn't require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!! #irish #sodabread
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4 Comments

  1. March 15, 2015 / 4:07 am

    I am so excited to make my first Irish Soda Bread this year…this looks wonderful. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • March 15, 2015 / 4:15 am

      Same to you Catherine! Hope you enjoy making the bread! 🙂

  2. March 16, 2019 / 6:58 am

    Hi I have never seen this one before. Yes I am Irish. So I am going to try it. Without the rasins first. I do enjoy your dishes.

    • abigail
      Author
      March 19, 2019 / 10:17 am

      Thanks and hope you love the bread. Have made it twice again in a week and my friends from church loved it so hope you do too. Thanks!

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