Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
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    75 mins
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This is a simply-made bread that involves no rising, and only 2 minutes of kneading...a perfect way for the non-baker to enjoy the satisfaction of making bread, and offering delicious loaves of homemade bread to family and friends.

I double the recipe, leaving two loaves plain; adding 1 tablespoon caraway seeds to one loaf for caraway bread, and 1/2 cup raisins to one loaf for raisin bread. Thus, with one recipe (doubled) you have four loaves of fresh homemade, delicious bread--plain, raisin, and caraway. And don't forget the butter. Try imported Irish butter as a treat!

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted and cooled butter
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons buttermilk, additional

How to Make It

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add cooled butter and buttermilk and mix well. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface (sprinkling dough with additional flour if too sticky to handle). Knead for 2 minutes, until dough is firm. Shape into 2 round loaves. Rub each loaf with 2 teaspoons buttermilk, then sprinkle each lightly with flour. Cut an X into the top of each loaf with a knife or scissors.

Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, and floured. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven for 1 hour, or until a deep, golden brown color.

Optional Variations
For Caraway Bread, add 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
For Raisin Bread, add 1 cup raisins
For one loaf of each: divide dough in half, and add 1 tablespoon caraway seeds to 1/2 of dough and 1/2 cup raisins to 1/2 of dough.

To make four loaves of bread (2 plain; 1 caraway; 1 raisin)

Double the recipe
Leave two loaves (half the dough) plain
Add 1 tablespoon caraway seeds to one loaf (1/4 of the dough) for caraway bread
Add 1/2 cup raisins to one loaf (1/4 of the dough) for raisin bread

See other Irish recipes that are favorites in Cajun Country and in New Orleans:

Queen of Puddings
Corned Beef, Home-Cured
Irish Rarebit with Tomatoes
Irish Stew

For delightful stories on 'Irish in Louisiana' see:

When Nana Cooked for St. Pat's Day
St. Patrick's Day- -Irish in Louisiana
St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Cajun & Creole Louisiana

More St. Patrick's Day Food

Top Corned Beef Recipes
Leftover Corned Beef Recipes
A Variety of St. Patrick's Day Recipes