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Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching and you may be starting to plan your menu.  Even if you aren’t Irish it is still fun to have a delicious feast full of recipes from the Emerald Isle.  This is a traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe that can be made with or without raisins.  It is a dense and flavorful bread that complements soups and stews well.  You don’t have to wait until St. Patty’s Day to enjoy this hearty bread. 

Irish Soda Bread without raisins


Irish Soda Bread
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This is a traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe that can be made with or without raisins. Try it for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 10
  • 4½ cups flour
  • 1 TB. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 TB unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease cast iron pan, baking stone, or baking sheet.
  2. In large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Mix in butter with pastry cutter until flour mixture is crumbly. Make a small well in the center of flour and add egg and buttermilk.
  3. Mix with a would spoon until well combined. Lightly flour hands and knead dough lightly, do not over-knead or bread will be tough. Dough will be slightly sticky and shaggy.
  4. Form dough into a round shaped loaf and place in greased pan. Score dough with a large X about 1 inch deep.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until done in the center. (insert knife and if it comes out clean bread is done) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Best served warm or toasted.


Irish Soda Bread without raisins

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