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YIELDS:

20 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

COOK TIME:

1 hours 0 mins

TOTAL TIME:

1 hours 10 mins

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ingredients

2 ¾ Cups of all-purpose flour plus an additional ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, divided

1/3 Cup of sugar

1 Tsp. baking powder

½ Tsp. baking soda

¾ Tsp. salt

2/3 Cup Raisins

1 Tbsp. caraway seeds

2 Large Eggs

1 Cup buttermilk

Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with the shelf rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 ¾ flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then, stir in the raisins and caraway seeds.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk and eggs. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined (don’t over mix). This dough is very, very sticky but that is the way it is supposed to be.

4. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of flour on a board. Put the dough onto the floured board and begin gently kneading the dough and gathering the flour on the board into the dough.

5. Shape the dough into a circle and cut a deep cross into the top of the bread round.

5. Bake the loaf for about one hour. Test the center of the loaf with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. Transfer the bread to a wire rack and allow to cool. Slice the bread and serve with butter and/or jam. I love to serve this with a homemade jam and Kerry Gold butter (just to keep that Irish vibe going).

NOTE: I’ve been making this Irish soda bread recipe for years. My mom is Irish to the bone and loves a big fuss on St. Patty’s Day and this is one of the treats I make for that day. The touch of sugar and raisins add a nice sweetness. It is delicious and it makes a great breakfast or brunch toast too. See how I serve it up for breakfast with my Pineapple Cottage Cheese Pastry recipe.

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.  Then, whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add your raisins and caraway seeds and stir to combine.  In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients then add them to the dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined.  FYI:  the dough is very sticky and that is normal.

Sprinkle a board or counter top with flour and knead the dough gently while gathering the flour into the dough. 

Simply shape the dough into a circle and cut a deep cross into the top of the loaf of bread.  This looks great after it is baked.

Bake your loaf for about an hour until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Let the bread cool on a cooling rack before cutting and serving.

Looking for some great toppings or spreads for the bread?  Here are some of my favorite toppings and I often serve the soda bread with these on the side.

.  Kerry Gold Butter

Homemade Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam

.  Orange Marmalade

.  Whipped Ricotta Cheese

.  Cream Cheese

If you like this recipe, be sure to try my Traditional Irish Barmbrack Bread too.  This is a fruited, spice loaf of bread that is more cake-like and absolutely delicious.  It also comes with a great story, some Irish folklore, and if made the traditional way, little “surprises” baked inside.  Check out the recipe to read more.

Looking for other Irish recipes?  Try some of these:

Crusted Corned Beef

Baked Fish and Garlic Chips

Smoked Irish Salmon Chive Pancakes

 

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