Irish Soda Bread is a delicious bread made with baking soda instead of traditional yeast and is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty stew.
This Irish Soda Bread has become a tradition in our family for St. Patrick’s Day regardless of what we are eating that day! We’ve added cranberries for a different spin and they add an extra hint of tart and sweet to an already tasty bread.
We try to have some form of Irish food on St. Patrick’s Day, to teach the kids about different cultures and cuisines. It doesn’t always work and may sometimes end up with oreos dipped in green chocolate or green beer, but we try nonetheless!
This bread is delicious paired with our Dublin Coddle, an Irish Stew from Dublin typically made using pork. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?!
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- Combine first 5 ingredients. Stir in raisins.
- Mix together buttermilk and butter; stir into flour mixture until blended.
- Knead for 1-2 minutes.
- Shape into a round loaf, 2 inches thick.
- Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, score an "X" in top of loaf, cutting ¼ inch deep.
- Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a rack.