Irish Soda Bread Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs, divided use
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and buttermilk. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Shape into a round loaf.
- 2. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow "X" on the top of loaf. Beat remaining egg; brush over loaf. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
- 3. Remove from pan to a wire rack; serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.
1 piece: 210 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
Reviews for Irish Soda Bread
"Hi Robert,The pan in question is the sheet pan you baked the free form loaf of bread on.Hope that helps!Sue StetzelTaste of Home Magazine"
"There is one very important element missing from the recipe, the 9 inch, round, spring pan. We are instructed in this recipe to place the kneaded loaf on to a baking sheet. When the bread is finished baking in the oven, we are then instructed to remove the bread from the pan and place it on wire rack. So, it seems to me the necessary step of putting the kneaded loaf into a greased pan before placing in the heated oven must be included in this recipe."
"This is a perfect soda bread recipe. It is not supposed to have a kick, it is meant to be served and eaten with an Irish Stew for instance (with or without raisins) or served at tea time with some clotted cream. It is great with many foods. : )"
"It's okay, not great. I'd avoid the egg on the top and brush it with butter instead."
"I made this for St. Patrick's Day ! Super easy and very tasty ! It is perfect toasted as well . The raisins & the brown sugar at a good amount of sweetness ."
"use 3 tblsp b sugar, 1 tblsp caraway seeds, 1 cup raisins"
"It was great but I did some changes. I used 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of butter. I mixed 1 tablespoon of orange zest in the buttermilk/egg mixture. I used 1 cup of currants hydrated first with boiling water over them for 5 minutes than drained. I baked for 30 minutes then put foil over the top the last 5 minutes of baking. Also, after brushing with egg wash before baking I sprinkled a little turbinado on top before baking.Becky Weyer in Bend, Oregon"
"Very good Irish soda bread and easy to make. Will definitely make again."
"This was a really tasty bread! My husband and I enjoyed it. Made just as the recipe said to and it turned out perfect. I will be adding this to our St Patrick's day menu."
"Very good; I used chocolate chips instead raisin and also made my own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice, and it was so good!!"
"Just made this for the first time and it definitely will not be the last.. I will never buy Irish Soda bread again... It was wonderful!!!"
"Terrible! The oven temp is too high so that at the end of the stated baking time the outside is lovely golden but the inside is still runny. Very dry and bland with a grainy texture. The picture shows about 3 times the raisins that the recipe calls for."
"Very disappointing. I made it exactly as directed, but it came out burnt all around the outside and totally doughy in the center. My oven is fine for everything else, so I don't think that was the problem. The bread also oozed butter all over the pan while it baked. I would never make this again."
"Our bread came out looking perfect but gooey on the inside, I had to put it in for an additional 10 minutes after slicing it for it to be done. When it came out, it was kind of a cross between a scone and heavy biscotti in texture. After reading about soda bread, we probably kneaded it too much ( I helped my 6 year old make this and she insisted on kneading). It was an interesting experience but I think maybe next time we'll try the Easy Soda bread recipe."
"Very bland in my opinion. Could have used a little more sugar or some spices to help give it a kick. I also substituted the raisins for chocolate chips which ended up being the best part."
"Wonderful and easy. I added 2/3 cup raisins and 1/3 cup dried cranberries. It was yummy."
"Don't let the picture mislead you, though ... it shows probably 2 c. of raisins, not the 1/3 c. called for in the recipe!"
"this was one of several loaves i made for st patrick's day and it was one of the best. the egg wash really gives it a nice sheen and makes it look professional."
"Very EASY and Delicious!"
"Easy and Delicious. My favorite combo."
"How silly of me! Of course, it's not a yeast bread. Please ignore my previous question. Lovely loaf!"
"REALLY, you only have to knead this one minute?How coarse is the crumb texture?Did others only knead it that quick?Thanks in advance."
"With the day off from school, my 15 year old daughter wanted to make dinner ALL BY HERSELF! She searched through tons of recipes and came up with a chicken/Potato soup, this Irish Soda bread, and a chocolate Chip cookie made in a iron skillet with warm caramel sauce. It was all yummy! She was so proud because her big brother had a second helping! I can't wait for her next day off!"
"So simple, quick and yummy! Made 3 loaves for friends and 1 for myself. Definitely a keeper."
"Made a beautiful high loaf. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Great warmed up the next morning for breakfast."
"I made this for St. Patrick's Day dinner. It was very easy to make & turned out well. However, this is just not our "cup of tea" so to speak. Maybe our problem is that we're not Irish."
"This bread was so delicious, and ridiculously easy to make. Based on the comments, I figured it wouldn't have enough raisins, so I used 1/2 c. raisins and 1/2 cranberries. Oh, and I forgot about it in the oven, so it was probably in there for more than 40 minutes, but the crust was gorgeous, and the inside was just slightly undone, so it worked out well."
"Delicious recipe! However, do not make this recipe BEFORE you are going to serve it--I did, and because it was soo good, it was devoured-and so I am going to have to make it again for tonite's dinner! In place of buttemilk, i used "the cultured Buttermilk Blend" (found in grocery stores) and 1 cup of raisins intead of 1/3 cup, and also added 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds."
"Best soda bread I've made in years. I added more raisins, but other than that, it was delicious."
"It was easy and it tasted just like it should!"
"Excellent soda bread! My Irish husband (who's usually not a huge fan of soda bread) loves it...says it's better than some of bread you get at home. I didn't have buttermilk, so substituted milk + vinegar, which worked out fine. And doubled the amount of raisins. This recipe will become a staple in our house, I predict."
"Great bread. Not nearly as many raisins as the picture though. I may add more next time."
"My family loves this soda bread I've been making it for years. The only thing I change is dried cranberry's instead of raisins as my children won't eat the raisins but they like the cranberry's"