Irish Soda Bread #1

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Every body has their favorite "authentic" Irish Soda Bread. This is mine, hope it will be yours.

"I made this for my entire family for Saint Patrick's dinner this evening... & it was a hit. Thank you for the great recipe. I was able to transport it still hot, so we got to enjoy it that way. I would recommend this recipe to anyone. I just emailed it to my mother because she can't wait to make it herself. Very easy recipe. Well done!!!"

- michellelavecchia21

Top-ranked recipe named "Irish Soda Bread #1"

4.4 avg, 7 review(s) 100% would make again

Ingredients

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4 cups Flour
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking soda
4 tablespoons Butter
1 cup Raisins
1 egg; lightly beaten
2 cups Buttermilk

Original recipe makes 1

Loaf  

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425?. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.

2. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, work butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then stir in raisins.

3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix in with a wooden spoon until dough is too stiff to stir. Dust hands with a little flour, then gently knead dough in the bowl just long enough to form a rough ball. If the dough is too sticky to work with, sprinkle in a little more flour. Do not overknead! Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf.

4. Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet. Using a serrated knife, score top of dough about 1/2' deep in an "X" shape. Transfer to oven and bake until bread is golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped with a knife, about 35-45 minutes. Check for doneness also by inserting a long, thin skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.

Hint 1: If the top is getting too dark while baking, tent the bread with some aluminum foil.

Hint 2: If you use a cast iron skillet to cook the bread in the oven, be very careful when you take the pan out. It's easy to forget that the handle is extremely hot. Cool the handle with an ice cube, or put a pot holder over it.

Transfer bread to a rack to let cool briefly. Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted.

Notes

It appears everyone has their favorite Irish soda bread recipe. Some with caraway seeds, some with raisins, some with both, some with neither. The essential ingredients are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The acid in buttermilk reacts with the base of the baking soda to provide the leavening for this quick bread. Soda bread dries out quickly so is only good for a day or two. It is best eaten freshly baked and warm or toasted.

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It was just like the real thing
adamgone 2 weeks ago
made this at a friend's house on St. Patrick's day. It was delicious, but it was the biggest ISB I had ever seen! Come to find out my friend had mixed self rising flour with her regular flour!
Houdai 7 months ago
Made this on St Patricks Day. It was my first time making bread. This was surprisingly easy & tasted good.
Holly88 1 year ago
I have tried 5 different recipes for soda bread. This by far is the best and only one I make anymore . It's easy and delicious. All of my family think it is the best they have had by far. Easy prep and easy bake.
711Soupman 1 year ago
It was delicious but a bit doughy in the middle perhaps the cooking instructions were a bit wrong. It went down well with Irish Coddle.
darrent 3 years ago
I made this for my entire family for Saint Patrick's dinner this evening... & it was a hit. Thank you for the great recipe. I was able to transport it still hot, so we got to enjoy it that way. I would recommend this recipe to anyone. I just emailed it to my mother because she can't wait to make it herself. Very easy recipe. Well done!!!
michellelavecchia21 4 years ago
It appears everyone has their favorite Irish soda bread recipe. Some with caraway seeds, some with raisins, some with both, some with neither. The essential ingredients are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The acid in buttermilk reacts with the base of the baking soda to provide the leavening for this quick bread. Soda bread dries out quickly so is only good for a day or two. It is best eaten freshly baked and warm or toasted. [I posted this recipe.]
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