Saturday, March 16, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

I got this recipe from a friend of mine when we lived in Virginia. She is the same friend who gave me the beautiful piece of Irish lace that protects the bread (below) before it is cut. It is the best soda bread I have ever tasted. This year I substituted almond milk for the buttermilk, I only had a handful of raisins, and a handful of caraway seed, and there was no discernible difference.

Irish Soda Bread

1/4 lb. butter or margarine
6 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
6 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
1 box raisins
1 box caraway seeds

Combine dry ingredients except for sugar. Cut the butter or margarine in to flour mixture until consistency is that of corn meal. Add raisins and caraway. Beat eggs, buttermilk and sugar in a separate bowl then add to the flour mixture and stir until it holds together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Transfer to an oiled glass baking dish and pat down well. Rub top of loaf with milk and cut a large cross in the center, half way through the loaf. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, reduce oven temp to 325 and bake another 50-60 minutes.

We could hardly keep the potatoes and
cabbage from hopping up and down, they
were so excited to get into the pot!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! We had ours a day early as we will be doing a walk for muscular dystrophy tomorrow.

Follain jam for the bread....very yummy!


  1. Yum! Looks great! We are having a vegan version tomorrow. :) Beautiful bread!