Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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My family be Irish. I may have married into the Norwegian culture and learned to make things like lefse, but the Emerald Isles is where my mother’s family hails from. I have been eating this Traditional Irish Soda Bread since I was a wee gal.

Irish soda bread

I have fond memories of standing next to my mum, in the kitchen, and working on this – but I think I ate more raisins than what actually made it into the bread. Enjoy this recipe and let it take you back to “the old country” when you taste it.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

You will need:
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
In a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and baking soda, whisk together.
Add butter to flour mixture.
Use fingers or a fork to blend the butter into the flour.
This will look like tiny crumbles.
Add raisins to the mixture and blend together with fingers or a fork.
In a small bowl add egg and buttermilk mix to combine.
Create a hole in center of dough and pour in egg mixture.
Begin to knead liquid into the dough.
Form dough into a ball and let sit to the side while prepping the baking pan.

Cover baking pan with parchment paper.
Transfer dough to baking pan.
Score with an X on the top of the dough.
This will assist in complete baking in the inside of the loaf.
Place the dough in oven and bake until bread is golden, about 35-45 minutes.
Let cool a few minutes 5-10 minutes.


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