Irish Soda Bread

close-up photo of a Irish Soda Bread slices

I’ve never had Irish soda bread before.  With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been getting a lot of Irish soda bread recipes, which made me want to try one.  I chose a recipe on All Recipes that is quite popular and seemed simple to make.

photo of a loaf of Irish Soda Bread in a panclose-up photo of a loaf of Irish Soda Bread

The original recipe doesn’t call for raisins, however the picture on All Recipes had raisins in it.  And some other recipes I found had raisins in them.  I did some brief research and people said that true Irish soda bread shouldn’t have raisins and shouldn’t be a sweet bread.  But after seeing the bread with raisins, I really wanted to try it with raisins, so I ended up adding raisins.

close-up photo of slices of bread

The bread is soft, slightly sweet. I really liked it.  I actually didn’t like the portion with raisins, so next time I’ll make it without raisins.

photo of two slices of bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup raisins (optional. original recipe does not call for raisins, but I added then after other suggested it)

Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
    2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg
      and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix
      just until moistened. (The batter should be a bit lumpy and will come together and be more smooth after adding butter)

photo of the batter

  1. Stir in butter.(The mixture should be smooth after blending the butter.)  Add in raisins. Pour into prepared pan.
    photo of the raisins being added to the batterphoto of the batter in a prepared loaf pan
  2. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread
    comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours,
    or overnight, for best flavor.

Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 1 (9x5-inch) loaf
This is a great bread to make for St. Patrick’s Day. The bread is soft, slightly sweet and studded with raisins which you can leave out if you you’re not a fan.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup raisins optional. original recipe does not call for raisins, but I added then after other suggested it

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. (The batter should be a bit lumpy and will come together and be more smooth after adding butter).
  3. Stir in butter.(The mixture should be smooth after blending the butter.) Add in raisins. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

Notes:

Recipe source: All Recipes

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