This Irish soda bread recipe is super easy to make and tastes fantastic. Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like some Irish soda bread, right? I also love it as a breakfast. Top it with some butter and have it with a cup of hot coffee. Soooo good. Note this recipe makes 2 loaves. My family eats the entire first loaf with dinner so I always make a back-up so I can squirrel some of it to work for breakfast or a snack during the day. If you don't want two loaves, simply halve the recipe.
Do-ahead tip: soak the raisins in a bow of water overnight. This will allow them to absorb the water and stay plump and juicy when the bread is cooked.
Do-ahead tip: line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil and then rub a stick of butter on the foil, making a light coating. This will keep your bread from sticking and also make the bottom crust a bit tastier.
Hint: If you are not a fan of caraway seeds, just add less. I'm not a huge fan so I usually half the amount. If I make it for others, I use the full amount.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Gather up your ingredients.
Whisk together the dry ingredients.
Make a well for the wet ingredient and raisins.
Combine ingredients until sticky.
Add flour to a clean surface and knead the bread just a bit and then split evenly into two loaves.
Shape the loaves and put them on a cookie sheet covered in non-stick aluminum foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Loaves are ready when tops turn a slight golden color and a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.Print
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour + flour for dusting kneading surface
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups raisins (soaked overnight)
2 tablespoon caraway seeds (use less if you're not a fan)
2 cups buttermilk
Soak raisins overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Flour kneading surface.
Add buttermilk to flour mixture, mix together with your hands.
Remove dough to floured surface, knead lightly, then split the dough in half.
Shaped into 2 loaves and put onto greased foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Bread is ready when the top is lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean.