Irish Soda Bread

Unlike a yeast bread, this famous Irish quick bread requires no long-rise. It's a perfect accompaniment to corned beef and cabbage or just smeared with Irish butter.

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  • Servings: 8
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  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seed
  • Kosher salt (2)
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, caraway seed, and 2 teaspoons salt. Stir in the raisins and the buttermilk until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 6 minutes. Form the dough into a disk and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut an X into the dough, then brush with the butter.

  3. Bake the bread until golden and hallow-sounding when tapped, about 40 minutes. Let the bread cool completely, about 2 hours, then serve.

Contributed By Photo © Ian Knauer Published September 2014

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Aggregate Rating value: 1

Review Count: 1

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Grace Watmuff

Review Body: This is the worst recipe. No baking soda. Instructions say to knead for 6 minutes. I ended up with a tough, dense disk of dough. Totally inedible! Wasted time and ingredients for nothing! Extremely disappointed.

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2017-03-02

Author Name: Deborah Montuori

Review Body: The Ballymaloe Cookbook has a wonderful recipe for Irish Soda Bread--several, in fact. I make the one with just caraway in it. Definitely left the baking soda out of the recipe above--don't make it!

Date Published: 2017-03-17