How to Make Irish Soda Bread

Start planning your green outfit, St. Patrick’s Day is coming! Corned beef and cabbage are both traditional Irish foods, but rather than cook a savory main course on the holiday, try your hand at soda bread instead. We’ve got a step-by-step guide on how to make Irish soda bread!
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Here’s what you need:

* 1 1/2 C. whole wheat flour
* 2 1/2 C. all purpose flour
* 2/3 C. sugar
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces with extra for serving
* 2 lg. eggs, beaten
* 1 1/2 C. buttermilk
* 1 15-oz. box raisins, soaked in very warm water for 2 hours
* 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbs. milk

Here’s what you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan or 2 large cast iron skillets.

3. Sift the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

4. Add the butter and pulse 8-12 times or until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

5. Add the 2 large beaten eggs, and buttermilk, and process for 15-20 seconds or until dough comes together.

6. Dust a work surface liberally with flour; turn out the dough onto work surface.

7. Add the raisins; knead with floured hands, adding more flour if needed to make a soft dough and to form two round breads.

8. Transfer to prepared skillets or baking pan.

9. Brush loaves with egg wash, and with a serrated knife, cut an X into top.

10. Bake 55-60 minutes or until top is golden and a skewer inserted in center comes out clean. The bread should sound hollow when tapped on bottom with a knife.

11. Remove from oven and let bread cool on a rack for about 15 minutes. Slice and serve warm with butter.

Looking for more soda bread recipes? Check these out!

Irish Brown Soda Bread – Having seen all the recipes purporting to be ‘Irish Soda Bread’ I needed to give all of you the real Irish recipe for this wonderful bread.

Irish Country Soda Bread – A wonderful, old family recipe for Irish soda bread. This recipe requires no yeast and the batter is easy to make. Tastes good with everything.

Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread
– While it’s perfect on the big day, don’t wait until St. Patty’s Day to enjoy this bread.

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