Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda bread is one of the easiest breads you could make. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with a hint of caraway seeds and raisins. It is called Soda bread because it is made with baking soda instead of yeast. It is delicious hot right out of the oven with butter slathered on top.
Add the sugar, baking powder,
baking soda and salt to the flour.
Pour the mixture into a large
bowl and whisk until combined.
Add the shortening to the flour mixture.
Using a pastry blender or two knives,
cut the shortening into the flour.
The flour will resemble coarse crumbs.
Add the raisins and caraway seed.
Stir them into the flour.
Add the eggs to the buttermilk.
Whisk them together.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
Stir until you can pick it up with your hands.
Lightly flour a clean flat surface.
Place the dough onto the flour
and gently knead 5 or 6 times.
Cut the dough in half. Roll both
dough pieces into a ball then flatten
to a even 6″ wide circle each.
Lightly spray a baking
sheet with cooking oil.
Place both circles of dough onto
the pan keeping them apart.
Using a sharp knife, cut a 4″ cross
1/4″ deep into both dough circles.
Brush the melted butter all
over both dough circles.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven
for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Be careful not to over bake or it will be dry.
Slice and serve with butter, jelly, jam,
marmalade etc. or just eat it plain.
Irish Soda Bread
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp. shortening
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 Tbsp. caraway seeds
- 1 & 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the shortening and cut it into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives. It should resemble coarse crumbs when it’s done.
- Add the raisins and caraway seeds. Stir them into the flour mixture.
- Whisk the egg and the buttermilk together then pour it into the flour mixture.
- Stir the mixture until you can lift it out of the bowl with your hands.
- Lightly flour a flat surface. Place the dough on top and gently knead 5-6 times only.
- Cut the dough in half. Make each half into a round ball and flatten each one into a 6″ circle.
- Lightly spray a baking pan. Place the dough circles on the pan keeping them apart.
- Using a sharp knife cut a 4″ cross 1/4″ deep into both circles.
- Brush them both with the melted butter.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown but do not over bake or they will be dry.
- Slice and serve with butter, jelly, jam etc.