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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick's Day is only 2 more days away and I've got a recipe that will make your St. Paddy's Day meal rock this year!

This recipe is one of the things I love about St. Patrick's Day, my mom's Irish Soda Bread. It's moist, mildly sweet, and has a sweet, crunchy crust that makes this bread my favorite.

And it's so easy to make! It doesn't have any eggs or yeast. So no more waiting and hoping that your bread will rise. You just mix it up, place it in the oven, brush over the glaze, and BAM! A deliciously moist bread with a crunchy crust that will be the star of your St. Patrick's Day meal.

But don't take my word, make it yourself today and you'll see what I'm talking about. Trust me, you will be making two loaves of this bread after you try it!

Irish Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf


3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

3 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 and ½ cups raisins

1 and 1/3 cups buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or you can use an ungreased cookie sheet. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients – sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and sugar.

Mix raisins with flour mixture, making sure all raisins are covered with flour mixture and raisins are not clumped together.

Add in buttermilk.

Using a bread attachment on your stand mixer, blend all ingredients together until all flour is mixed.

If mixing by hand, mix buttermilk with dry ingredients and then place dough on a flour covered surface and knead about 10 times. Dough will be sticky.

Construct into a large ball shape and make an X on the top with a sharp knife (I forgot to do the X, as I was so excited about sharing this recipe with you!).

Place on prepared cookie sheet and place into oven for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, remove from oven and brush with sugar glaze (glaze recipe below), brushing all exposed surfaces.

Place back into oven for 10 minutes, or until bread is a golden brown. Check after 5 minutes to be sure it doesn’t burn.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Best served with margarine or butter.


Ingredients for Glaze

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons hot water

Directions for glaze

In a small bowl, add hot water and sugar. Mix together and brush over bread. Return to steps above.

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