Irish Soda Bread with a delicious golden crust on the outside, 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 celebrations but just as good all year long.
This recipe was first posted on March 18, 2016, and I am republishing it in time for your St. Patrick’s celebration. Deliciously golden on the outside yet fluffy and moist on the inside, it’s absolutely delicious!
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 be savored be all year long!
This Irish soda bread 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 were both from Ireland and my mother made this often when I was growing up”, she stated. “I’ve modified my mom’s recipe over the years and have added a few things to Irish Soda bread we had back in the days which are just a basic dough of flour, baking soda, salt and sour milk.”
Her Irish soda bread was definitely the best quick bread loaf I’ve ever had! I’ve baked it many times over since she gave me the recipe and it has never failed to please. With a crackling crust yet fluffy and moist underneath, thick slices generously slathered with copious amounts of whipped butter are absolutely divine with the piping hot cup of tea. Bake it today and have yourself the best of mornings!
Irish Soda Bread with a delicious golden crust on the outside, 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.
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 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.