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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is soft yet dense, with a fantastic crunchy exterior. It’s perfect on its own, toasted with some butter or made more decadent with currants and raisins. Watch friends and family devour slice after slice!

Course Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 14 slices
Calories 232 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for shaping the bread
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease a 9 or 10-inch cake pan, cast iron skillet or pie dish and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk and egg together until combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the butter to the flour mixture and work the dough with your fingers until coarse crumbs form. Add the raisins.
  6. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and gently fold it in until fully combined.
  7. Sprinkle some flour on the counter and on your hands and gently work the dough into a 9 inch round loaf. Knead the dough for about 1 minute, if the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour.
  8. Transfer the round loaf into the prepared skillet/pan. Using a sharp knife, make an X on top.
  9. Bake until the bread is golden brown and the center appears cooked through, about 45-55 minutes. If the bread is browning on top too fast, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
  10. Once baked, remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.
  11. Slice and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 325mg14%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 273IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.