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Irish Soda Bread

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As you might have heard, what we Americans think of as Irish soda bread is indeed not Irish Soda Bread, or at least real Irish soda bread. Traditional soda bread is made with only flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt, which I would imagine is more suited to being accompanied by a soup or stew. This Irish soda bread is not too sweet, and is delicious spread with butter.

This recipe was adapted from several recipes, but especially Simply Recipes' version

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Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of cold butter
  • 1 cup raisins, currants, or dried cranberries
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. 
  2. In a large bowl mix together 4 cups of the flour, the salt, sugar, and baking soda. 
  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to flour. Using your hands, work the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. 
  4. Stir in the raisins. 
  5. Stir together the buttermilk and egg and add to the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until too stiff to stir. 
  6. Again using your hands continue to mix the dough just until it comes together. If is very sticky add up to 1/2 cup flour.
  7. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and form into a round loaf. Place on the baking sheet. 
  8. Using a serrated knife, cut a large X into the top. 
  9. Bake 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown. If a long skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, it is done. 

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