Irish Soda Bread

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True Irish soda bread has caraway seeds and/or raisins in it ~ both of which I can live without so I never put them in but you can add them to this recipe if you want.  This is an easy recipe that I found in Bon Appetit a few years ago.

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Irish Soda Bread

2 cups flour
5 tbsps sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbsps cold butter, cut in cubes
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375º and grease an 8-inch round cake pan.

Blend flour, 4 tbsps sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the cubes of butter and using your fingers, rub into the flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Make a well in the center of this mixture and add the buttermilk. Gradually stir in the flour mixture into the buttermilk. Blend well but don’t over mix.

Shape dough into a ball using floured hands if needed. Transfer to greased pan and flatten slightly (dough may not come to the edges of the pan). Sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar over the top.

Bake until brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean ~ about 40 minutes.

Cool in pan 10 minutes and then transfer to a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. This is best if eaten on the day it is baked.

Slice into 8 wedges.

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Happy Cooking!

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3 thoughts on “Irish Soda Bread

  1. Your recipe (with the picture) looks delicious.. but your statement that “true” Irish soda bread contains caraway seeds or raisins is disputed by an outfit that purports to “preserve” the REAL traditional recipe.. see the following link.

    http://www.sodabread.info/

    • To each his own as far as tradition goes ~ I’ve seen it all different ways and it’s all said to traditional. I’ll check with my friend from Ireland and see what she says 🙂

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