Absolutely the Best Irish Soda Bread Ever


Irish soda bread

I have tried lots of recipes for Irish Soda Bread, but this one remains my favorite. It’s not too sweet, with great texture. Easy too! Breadlike rather than cakelike … especially good on a rainy day with a cup of hot, strong tea!

3 cups unbleached flour
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
3 tsp. baking powder
Pinch salt
1/4 cup sugar
1  cup raisins
3 Tbsp. caraway seed
2  large eggs, beaten well
1  cup buttermilk (generous!)

Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Put flour in a large bowl and crumble with butter until well-mixed, and the consistency of coarse meal. (This is best done with your hands … get in there and feel the texture of the flour change as you mix in the butter!) Stir in baking powder, salt, sugar, raisins and caraway seed, mixing well to separate raisins. Mix in beaten eggs, then buttermilk until a nice batter is formed. (It should be somewhat sticky. Add more buttermilk as needed until the dough feels right.) Form into a round loaf and place in the prepared pan. If you like, cut a large “X” in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake at 400° for 45 – 55 minutes, until nicely browned. Let cool on rack (if you can wait that long to eat it!).

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