Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe passed down from an Irish grandmother off the boat

Irish Soda Bread

March 15, 2010 by Michelle

This week, I had a plan for what I was going to put up on Tasty Tuesday. It’s my week to bring in lunch for everyone at the bi-weekly PTO president meeting in my district. And hey, it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, so making something Irish was an easy choice.

Not so easy? Figuring out what to bring for 25 or so people that’s Irish but isn’t something that half the people won’t like. Thus, corned beef was out. And lamb stew. I was going to do baked potatoes with a variety of toppings, including chili, until that was done last meeting.

Ugh.

Then I found inspiration (literally). While cleaning off my book shelf to make more room for the wee ones’ books, I discovered that I have a traditional Irish recipes cookbook. I eagerly leafed through it. And then I decided that I was bringing in the cookbook just to show everyone how lucky they are that I didn’t bring in any of those items.

I was back to the drawing board and drawing a blank. I finally decided to make a potato soup (still deciding what recipe to use, if you have a suggestion), fresh bread, scones, and Irish soda bread. Wa-la. Hopefully that’s enough food to make everyone happy.

The Irish soda bread I make is the same one that my mom makes that her mom made that she got from her husband’s family who came from Ireland. That being said, I have a feeling it isn’t the most traditional Irish soda bread, but it’s ours and it’s yummy.

You’ll notice in the picture that the bread has butter on it. Odd, I know, but this is something my family does. While I rarely put butter on regular bread, my family has taught me to put butter on other bread-like products that definitely don’t need any additional fat or calories – coffee cakes, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and the like. Go fig. It’s what we do. And the butter on the Irish soda bread is pretty yummy.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe passed down from an Irish grandmother off the boat

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

5 c flour
1 c sugar
1 T baking powder
2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 c butter
2 1/2 c seedless raisins
2 1/2 c buttermilk
1 egg

Directions:
Grease two large loaf pans. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter until pea sized chunks appear. Add the raisins and stir to distribute.

Cut butter into your dry ingredient mixture for Irish Soda Bread

In a liquid measuring cup, add the egg to the buttermilk and whisk gently until the egg is lightly beaten and no goopy strands remain. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir gently until just combined.

Add liquids to dry ingredients in Irish Soda Bread

Turn into the two loaf pans, and cut across the top lengthwise. This allows your bread to rise and bake properly as it is such a thick batter.

Score the top of your loaf to help the bread rise properly

Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Butter the top when it comes out of the oven. Lay on one side for a few minutes, then lay on the opposite side for a few minutes. After both sides, remove from the pan and continue cooling on a wire rack.

Rub extra butter atop your Irish Soda Bread loaf immediately after it comes out of the oven

Enjoy warm or room temperature. This will keep for a few days but is best within the first two days. And yes, butter makes it better!

Irish Soda Bread – Tasty Tuesday!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 8-10

Irish Soda Bread – Tasty Tuesday!

Ingredients

  • 5 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2 1/2 c seedless raisins
  • 2 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Grease two large loaf pans. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter until pea sized chunks appear. Add the raisins and stir to distribute.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup, add the egg to the buttermilk and whisk gently until the egg is lightly beaten and no goopy strands remain. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir gently until just combined.
  4. Turn into the two loaf pans, and cut across the top lengthwise. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Butter the top when it comes out of the oven. Lay on one side for a few minutes, then lay on the opposite side for a few minutes. After both sides, remove from the pan and continue cooling on a wire rack.

Notes

Enjoy warm or room temperature. This will keep for a few days but is best within the first two days. And yes, butter makes it better!

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  • Jerri


    I've never made this before. Sounds good!

  • thejoythejourneythejob


    I hopped over to Tempt My Tummy and intended to post Irish Soda bread (which I have never made) and saw your link. Thought if her recipe is different than mine I'll post, BUT almost exactly the same. Only differences are mine has caraway seeds and the ingredients are 1/3 the amounts of yours!!! So… point to all this…maybe it is traditional Irish bread as my recipe is from a traditional bread book and they state this is a traditional bread enjoyed with tea!

    Now think I will post Vegetable Barley Soup instead!

    April

  • Pat


    This sounds much yummier than traditional Irish soda bread, which has only flour, salt, soda and buttermilk. I lived with an Irish family in a suburb of Dublin during my junior year of college, and my Irish “mum” was a fantastic cook. She baked soda bread and whole wheat soda bread every Saturday and all kinds of other delicious things. Oh, the memories of Ireland!

  • Connie


    Yeah, be sure to show them what they are lucky to be missing!
    Great choice and good recipe for Irish soda bread. It's very much like the one my parents always make.

  • Mrs. P.


    We love Irish Soda Bread and yours looks especially yummy!

    Blessings!
    Gail

  • Dan


    Butter makes *everything* better. Especially popcorn. {*grin*}

    The bread looks very tasty – I'll have to give it a try.

    (I think you should have served the PTA group that old Irish standby – boiled cabbage, potato, and tripe soup. I bet no one would have eaten once the ingredients were listed.)

  • Sherry


    I'll have to try this. I've seen recipes, but I haven't ever had it or made it for that matter. 😀

  • Megryansmom


    I always butter my soda bread. Shhh don't tell anyone, but I bought a loaf at Jewel on Friday and today I ate the last slice. I scarfed that little loaf of bread all by myself in 5 days LOL. Mmm it was sooo good.

  • Michelle


    Jeri – It is, and so easy. It's one of the great recipes to pull out when you want something a little different.

    April – Oh that makes me feel better. My mom and I had discussed how some have caraway seeds (ours doesn't), but I didn't realize it was otherwise that “authentic” – phew!

    Pat – Yeah well, my family adds things. Mostly calories 😉 But at least they taste pretty good!

    Connie – Ooo, good reminder. I was packing up stuff for tomorrow and almost forgot to grab that book. Thanks!

    Gail – Awww thanks! It's yummy stuff, isn't it?

    Dan – You know, I don't butter my popcorn. Isn't that odd? And that recipe with tripe? It's in the cookbook. Lots of offal and other such things that I was NOT going to cook!

    Sherry – Oh definitely try it. It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

    Megryansmom – You must be related to me somehow then. I feel much better. And five days? I think you did pretty good! It doesn't last super long after all….

  • septembermom


    Now that I know how to make scones, I'm all ready for the soda bread! Thanks Michelle. I'll let you know how I do with this recipe.

  • Michelle


    Kelly – The soda bread is totally easy! You can do it, and I hope you all enjoy it.

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