Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread from Franka-in-London on Flickr

Matt requested the Irish Soda Bread recipe, so here it is:

Irish soda bread
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb (baking soda)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter (cold)
1 egg
1 3/4 cups buttermilk*
2 cups of raisins**
*Don’t have buttermilk? You can substitute 1 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup milk, adding in 1 tsp. vinegar.
**Don’t like raisins?  Leave them out and add 1/4 tsp cardamom instead.
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, and cut in the butter (as if you were making pastry or crumble topping).  Add the raisins to the dry mix.  Combine the wet ingredients in a basin or bowl, and add to the flour mix.  Mix to combine.  Turn out on a floured surface and knead lightly, just until it comes together (about 1 minute).  Divide into two loaves and shape them into rounds.  Score the top of each in a cross shape.  Bake at 180C for 25–30 minutes (slightly less if using a fan oven). They should be brown and sound hollow when tapped.
(Hint: take off rings before kneading!)


Holly is the (founding) President of the Gothic Valley WI. Holly loves to bake and is usually working on GVWI business or waxing lyrical about her love for London.

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