Irish Soda Bread with a crackly crust on the outside yet moist and fluffy on the inside, and generously studded with plump raisins is the best quick bread loaf you’ll ever have! It’s perfect for all your St. Patrick’s celebration.
In my perfect world, this Irish soda bread would have been up on the blog weeks in advance of St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is searching for corned beef (BTW, I have an awesome corned beef hash recipe to make use of your leftover corned beef dinner!)and soda bread recipes.
Unfortunately, my world is presently a crazy balancing act of late hours at work and till-the-crack-of-dawn food blogging so I am posting this a day after St. Patrick’s instead. Fortunately, one day soon, I will have all the time in the world to do what I love best. I will be free to cook and shoot and write and share my favorite recipes with you, ON TIME!
For now, let me assure you that this Irish soda bread is so good, it should not be resigned to St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but savored throughout the year!
This recipe was given to me by the wife of one of our patients at work over our lively conversation about St. Patrick’s traditions last week. “My parents are both from Ireland”, she states,” and we’ve enjoyed this bread since I was a child.” “However”, she adds, “this is an Americanized version because Irish Soda bread as enjoyed back in the days is but a basic dough of flour, baking soda, salt and sour milk.”
Traditional or not, her Irish soda bread was definitely the best quick bread loaf I’ve ever had. With a crackling crust yet fluffy and moist underneath, the thick slices I generously slathered with copious amounts of whipped butter were absolutely divine with the cups of tea I enjoyed in succession. Bake it today and have yourself the best of mornings!
- 3 cups flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 (4 ounces) stick butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1 cup raisins
- Grease a round casserole or loaf pan and set aside.
- In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add butter and cut into the flour using a pastry blender. Add raisins.
- In a small bowl, combine eggs and buttermilk. Whisk together until well-blended. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid. Mix together as little as possible, just until combined.
- Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake in a 350 F oven for 1 hour. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool. Remove from pan and slice into desired thickness.