What could be more festive on St. Patrick’s Day than Irish soda bread? This is an easy Irish soda bread recipe that even beginner bakers can make. To promise!
Make this bread part of your St. Patrick’s Day menu along with colcannon, corned beef and cabbage and Irish apple cake. And don’t forget the green beer or the cucumber tendril!
Type of cuisine: Irish
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Total duration: 1 hour
Servings: Makes 1 loaf
- 4 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
Here’s how you do it:
- Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
- Cut the butter into the flour until it resembles cornmeal.
- Stir in raisins.
- Add buttermilk and egg. Mix well until you get a stiff paste.
- Dust your hands and work surface with a little flour. Knead the dough to form a ball.
- Shape the dough into a round loaf. Do not over-knead the dough.
- Using a sharp knife, cut an X in the top of the bread.
- Put the bread on a greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated 425 degree F oven until bread sounds hollow, about 30 to 40 minutes.
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