It’s almost St. Patrick Day and that means I am making a batch or 2 of Irish soda bread, and getting a corn beef roast and cabbage for a big meal. I am not Irish; my husband says he is so we just make the meal because it’s fun and delicious, even if we have no real reason the celebrate!
I never really liked Irish soda bread until about 5 years ago, when I decided that I wanted to play around with different recipes. They always seemed so dry and tasteless. So many batches later I was able to find one that I can say is soo yummy! I make it with and without raisins. My family is not big on raisins. So, I make a plain one and they love to eat it with just real butter. I end up eating the raisin one because to me, it’s got to have raisins.
So, if you want to make an Irish favorite and pretend you are Irish for a day, try this EASY recipe! Oh by the way…It pairs wonderfully with tea for an afternoon snack as well!
Irish Soda Bread
3 cups sifted all purpose flour
4 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda ( make sure its fresh)
1 tsp salt
4 Tblsp cold butter in chunks
1/2 cup raisins ( optional)
1 1/2 cup buttermilk ( store bought)
- Combine all dry ingriendients
- Cut in butter into the dry ingredients until until it look like coarse meal
- Add raisins and buttermilk and WITH YOUR HANDS, mix it until its combined and then knead into a large ball
- On a floured surface flatten the ball with your hand until its 2 inches thick, then with a knife score an X over the top.Place on a sheet pan, brush with an egg wash and bake 375 35-40 minutes
- Serve warm!