Traditional Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

16 Mar

Irish Soda BreadHappy (almost) Saint Patrick’s Day! Last year, I discussed the health benefits of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, I’m celebrating by making a traditional Irish dish — soda bread. Irish soda bread is a quick, no-yeast bread that’s absolutely amazing. It taste similar to a British scone, slightly sweet and peppered with juicy raisins.

Want to get in the Irish spirit? Try my Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Irish Soda Bread recipe

Ingredients: (Yield 1 loaf)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick cold, unsalted butter diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup yellow raisins

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Irish Soda Bread FlourStep 2: Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Add butter and mix on low until butter is incorporated into the flour.

Irish Soda Bread DoughStep 3: Beat buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together. With the mixer on low, slowly add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Add raisins and mix until incorporated. The dough will be wet and sticky.

Irish Soda Bread KneadStep 4: Dump the dough on a floured working surface. Knead dough until it begins to come together. Form into a large loaf and score with a light “X” on top.

Irish Soda Bread LoafStep 5: Move loaf to prepared baking sheet. Place in oven and bake between 45 and 65 minutes. Tap the bottom of the bottom of the loaf. It’s done if it sounds hollow.

Irish Soda BreadI love this bread for breakfast with butter and jelly. It could also serve as the perfect bookend to a brie and granny smith apple panini. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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4 Responses to “Traditional Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. Joanna March 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    MMmmmm, this looks great! You’ve won an award on my blog! Check it out here: http://foodgurly.com/2014/03/17/my-giveaway-is-done-aaaaaannndddd-i-won-again/

    • meganrodkey March 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks so much! That’s so exciting!

  2. Del March 24, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Thanks for sharing you recipe Megan. I”ll definitely try it out. Just wondering is Irish Soda Bread like English scones?

    • meganrodkey March 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      Yes! They are both very similar. Next time I make this recipe I’m going to cut the dough into small biscuits because I have a feeling they’ll pass for scones. Thanks for commenting!

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