IRISH SODA BREAD

This easy-to-make quick bread needs only seven ingredients and makes a hearty but deliciously soft loaf. We suggest pairing this simple Irish favorite with a nice big helping of our Shepherd’s Pie.


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IRISH SODA BREAD

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 7 tablespoons Irish butter divided, plus additional for serving
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for forming loaf
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Using 1 tablespoon softened butter, grease cast iron skillet or baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Cut in 4 tablespoons cold cubed butter with a pastry cutter or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds. Add buttermilk to flour mixture and mix with spoon until dough hold together but is sticky. If necessary, add 2-3 tablespoons additional buttermilk to reach proper consistency of dough.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into round, dome-shaped loaf, about 7-8 inches in diameter. Lightly dust top of loaf with additional flour. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-inch deep X into top of loaf.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 50-55 minutes, brushing with 2 tablespoons melted butter for final 5 minutes of cook time. Serve warm with additional butter. Happy eating, friends!

Notes

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: You can find caraway seeds in the spice aisle of your local grocery store.

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