Rustic Irish Soda Bread: Your go-to recipe!

March 13, 2019

Hello foodies and bakers,


St. Patrick's Day is this Sunday March 16th. A day filled with adult beverages, corned beef, cabbage, and of course, Irish soda bread. What is Irish soda bread? Think: a quick bread with raisins, almost like a not-so-sweet scone.


This recipe is easy to make and yes, easy to eat! Enjoy it on St. Patrick's Day or with a big cup of tea on a sunny afternoon. Don't forget this is not a once-a-year recipe, it is a year long recipe! 


 Rustic Irish Soda Bread

Yields: 2 round loaves

Oven: 400 degrees F

Time: 40 minutes

Equipment needed: Large cast iron skillet or dutch oven (if you do not have one, a parchment lined cookie sheet works, too); measuring cups / spoons; bowl scraper; cutting board; chef knife; sifter; mixing bowls 


Ingredients needed:

4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed and cold 

1 1/2 cup buttermilk (or you can add 2 tablespoon vinegar to 1 1/4 cup whole milk) 

1 egg

1 cup raisins



When you are pre-heating the oven,  place the cast iron skillet/dutch oven in the oven to get hot. If you do not have one, place a parchment line cookie tray in the oven. This is to achieve a golden crust on the bottom. A hot pan = golden-ness on the bottom of your soda bread. Trust me on this! 

  • In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients:

    • 4 cups all purpose flour

    • 1/4 cup white sugar

    • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    • 1 teaspoon baking soda

    • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 'Cut' in 5 tablespoons unsalted butter into the dry ingredients with your hands (if you have a pastry cutter you can use one) until the butter is pea-size 

    • This is like similar to a pie crust or biscuit 

  • Whisk together wet ingredients in a bowl:

    • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk

    • 1 egg

  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until a dough forms, using a bowl scrapper 

  • Add 1 cup raisins.

  • Softly knead on a cutting board for 1 minutes. 

  • Form into 2 round disks. Cut a "x" on top of each disk

  • Carefully transfer the dough disks to the hot cast iron pan or cookie sheet in the oven.

  • Bake for 40 minutes. 

  • Let cool. Eat. enjoy.

Happy baking and happy St. Patrick's Day!




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