I’m out of town right now, but since it’s St. Paddy’s day this week I had to stop in to give you my no-fail Irish Soda Bread recipe. I don’t care about your Irish heritage (or lack thereof), your feelings on corned beef or Guinness, or your hatred for the perversity that is green beer. All I care about is whether or not you make this bread. Because you have GOT to make this bread. It’s not a scary bread – there’s no yeast, no rising, and no kneading. Just mix it up, form it into a round loaf shape, and bake it for an hour. That’s it!
Oh and also – don’t make any substitutions, please. If you don’t like raisins, this isn’t the bread for you – and that’s ok! If you don’t have buttermilk, don’t you dare try to sub in regular milk – just suck it up and pay the $0.99 for two tiny half pint cartons of buttermilk. It’s worth it. Trust me.
Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Keywords: bake bread breakfast side
Ingredients (serves 10)
- 4 C flour
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 C butter (softened)
- 2 C raisins
- 1 egg
- 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Flour to roll dough
- Pam or butter for cake pan
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Cut in softened butter until crumbly. Add raisins.
In a separate bowl, combine egg and buttermilk then add baking soda. It will start to bubble-let it sit for a few minutes then add dry mixture and mix well.
Form dough into a ball then roll on flour.
Use a small amount of butter or margarine (or Pam) to grease 8 or 9 inch cake pan.
Place dough in cake pan and flatten to shape of pan. Grease a sharp knife and score dough with an “X” in center.
Bake for 1 hour at 375.
Let cool and enjoy smothered in butter.