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Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Evokes Mouthwatering Memories

There are some recipes, like this one for Irish soda bread, that are full of history. My great grandmother was born in Ireland, and she shared her method, for the St. Patrick's Day staple, with my dad. He only makes it around this time of year and when I was little, my disgust for both raisins and caraway seeds caused me to dislike the bread.

Now that I've grown to become a foodie, I've taken on the annual tradition of baking and sharing my great grandmother's Irish soda bread. Each March when I make it, I imagine my relative stirring together the ingredients.

The recipe is incredibly simple; no special standing mixer or fancy gadgets are necessary. All you need is a bowl and a wooden spoon and you can enjoy this savory, slightly sweet, and wonderful bread. My favorite way to eat it is in the morning, toasted with butter. To see a part of my family's past get the recipe and

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  1. cooking spray or butter for the pan
  2. 2 cups flour, plus more for the pan
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 3 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (If you don't like them you can leave them out)
  7. 1/2 cup raisins
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1/2 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray or rub with butter. Dust bottom and sides of pan with flour.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in seeds and raisins.
  5. With a fork lightly beat the eggs and milk.
  6. Gradually add eggs and milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a sticky, thick dough.
  7. Turn the dough into a 5 x 9 loaf pan or a round 8-inch pan. Sprinkle a little flour on the top.
  8. Bake for 1 hour for loaf pan or 50 minutes for round.
  9. Turn out of pan onto wire rack to cool. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf of bread.


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chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
...I'm going to start making this more often...so easy and really good toasted in the broiler with some tasty butter!!!!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 6 years
Just made it, it's now baking in the oven! Gonna have it for the lunch party at work. I actually was wondering....why the wooden spoon? I'm a bit new to cooking though I can cook pretty well (following a recipe kinda helps!), so yeah.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 6 years
Just made it, it's now baking in the oven! Gonna have it for the lunch party at work.I actually was wondering....why the wooden spoon? I'm a bit new to cooking though I can cook pretty well (following a recipe kinda helps!), so yeah.
SugarCat SugarCat 6 years
Looking forward to making this over the weekend. :)
partysugar partysugar 6 years
Rancher'sGirl: did you see the <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Easy-Baileys-Irish-Cream-Dessert-Recipe-7709198">Baileys pot de cremes</a> I made last week? While it's not super traditional, it is absolutely delicious!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
Rancher'sGirl: did you see the Baileys pot de cremes I made last week? While it's not super traditional, it is absolutely delicious!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
I am making this on St. Patrick's Day, to go with the corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage I'm fixing for the coworkers! I am also fixing some carrots on the side, since I am the only one at my workplace that likes them. :drool: Any suggestions for a traditional Irish dessert? I'd make Guiness cake but there is a zero tolerance policy even in baked goods. :(
Food Food 6 years
This was so great! I look forward to making it myself at some point.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Brings back memories of my grandmother's warm bread smothered with melting butter!
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