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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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It is already a little over a month until St. Patrick’s Day, which means it’s time to think about Irish recipes! As a person with Irish heritage, I love making traditional Irish foods like this Irish Soda Bread.

Caraway seeds are not something I use often, but they definitely give a recipe a unique and memorable flavor. Raisins also add some moisture to make Irish Soda Bread a delicious snack or side with any meal.

The egg yolks brushed on top of this bread, give it a lovely dark brown color. Making an “x” at the top adds some decoration, too.

Irish Soda Bread is considered a quick bread because you don’t have to wait for it to rise. It requires very little kneading and is ready for the oven in less than ten minutes.

Dough for soda bread in round casserole dish
Ready for the oven right before brushing with egg yolk

What Ingredients Will You Need?

  • flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • caraway seeds
  • butter
  • raisins
  • buttermilk
  • egg
  • baking soda
  • egg yolk
Ingredients on counter
Irish Soda Bread Ingredients

Helpful Tips:

  • The recipe calls for sifted flour. A whisk can be used in place of a flour sifter.
  • Instead of fresh buttermilk, use powdered buttermilk. It can be found in the baking section of the grocery store. Refrigerate after opening. It lasts several months so you can use it for other recipes.
  • A 2-quart round casserole dish works best for this recipe. 2 loaf pans can be used instead, if necessary.

Do you have a favorite traditional recipe to make based on your heritage? Let me know in the comments below.

Other Recipes You May Like:

To stay with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, why not serve Heavenly Lime Pie or Chocolate Mint Dreams for dessert? They are both festive and green. You might also enjoy my Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake. For your main dish, you could serve Smoked Corned Beef Brisket. If you’re serving this bread at holiday time, you might want to try my Christmas Snowball Cookies or my Melting Moments.

Sliced soda bread on wooden board with gingham cloth in background
Sliced and Ready to Serve
Irish Soda Bread Recipe from Ireland

Irish Soda Bread Recipe from Ireland

Irish Soda Bread Recipe from Ireland is a classic quick bread with raisins and caraway seeds, perfect to enjoy with your tea!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour Sifted
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Caraway Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Raisins
  • 1⅓ Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg Yolk Beaten

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, sift flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder; stir in caraway seeds.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Stir in Raisins.
  • In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk 1 egg, and baking soda.
  • Stir into flour mixture just long enough to moisten ingredients.
  • Place on floured board and knead lightly until dough is smooth.
  • Form into a ball and place in greased 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut a 4" cross about ½" deep in the center of the dough on top.
  • Brush top with egg yolk.
  • Bake at 375° for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool bread on wire rack in casserole dish for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from casserole dish and continue cooling on wire rack.
  • To cut, divide loaf in quarters. Thinly slice each quarter.

Notes

  • The recipe calls for sifted flour. A whisk can be used in place of a flour sifter.
  • Instead of fresh buttermilk, use powdered buttermilk. It can be found in the baking section of the grocery store. Refrigerate after opening. It lasts several months so you can use it for other recipes.
  • A 2-quart round casserole dish works best for this recipe. 2 loaf pans can be used instead, if necessary.
Keyword Bread, Irish Soda Bread, Soda Bread

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