This Irish soda bread makes a great breakfast treat. Or omit the raisins and sugar, and add caraway seeds for bread that’s perfect for dinner.
A little soda bread history….
Soda bread first appeared in Ireland during the 1800’s, when the use of baking soda as a leavening agent was introduced. Baking was done in the Irish home. They had little time to bake and ingredients were often at a premium. Soda breads contained little more than flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Buttermilk was used because it was often leftover from the butter making process. Soda bread was served warm from the oven with a Lashing of Irish butter. Soda bread caught on quickly and soon became a staple of the Irish diet still popular in Ireland and in many parts of the world today.
There is an old Irish proverb that says…”the freshest of food and the oldest of drink”
Traditional Irish Soda Bread Our Irish Soda Bread Dish is functional and fabulously beautiful. Irish Soda bread is a hearty and delicious quick bread you’d never guess was born out of necessity. Irish Soda Bread has a lovely golden brown crust, traditionally with a cross pattern on top. It is delicious served warm with Irish buttered and a bit of traditional Irish jam.
There is an old Irish proverb that says…“the freshest of food and the oldest of drink."
3 cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons sugar 1½ cups 1% buttermilk ⅔ cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add buttermilk, stirring until a soft dough is formed. Add raisins, and lightly knead the dough on a floured surface for about a minute. Form into a round, slightly flattened shape. Place dough on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, make an “x” on the top of the dough, about ½-inch deep. Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes.