Irish Soda Bread

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this amazing Irish Soda Bread recipe~

 

The crust of this Irish Soda Bread is nicely crunchy while the inside is moist and flavourful when eaten warm.  It is also quick and easy to make and you are guaranteed to have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry.  In under 60 minutes you will have warm and fresh Irish Soda Bread out of the oven ready to serve.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe, trust me!

Irish Soda Bread is best eaten warm straight out of the oven.  It does dry quickly so you will want to eat it within two days.

Ingredients:

4 cups flour
4 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 Tbsp butter, cold
1 cup raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper – alternatively you can use a cast iron pan.Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
 
With two knives or a paddle attachment on a stand mixer, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is mixed in well then mix in raisins.

Irish Soda Bread

Create a well in the mixture and pour in your egg and buttermilk.  Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid slowly with a wooden spoon until it is solid enough to kneed.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and kneed together to form a ball, careful not to over-kneed the dough.  The dough should remain somewhat shaggy looking.  If you are using a sheet pan the more circular the better as the bread will spread out a bit while baking.

Transfer the dough to your sheet pan and use a large knife to cut an X into the dough about 1 inch deep.

Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  If you are using a cast iron pan it will most likely take 55 minutes as it takes longer to heat up than a baking sheet.  The bread should sound hollow when tapped.

Remove to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

 

 

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