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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Mar 14, 2024 | Recipes

Irish Soda Bread is a traditional staple in Irish cuisine, known for its simplicity and unique flavor. Its history dates back to the 19th century when bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) became widely available in Ireland.

The origins of Irish Soda Bread can be traced back to a time when yeast was scarce and expensive, particularly for poorer households. Traditional yeast-leavened bread required time to rise, which was not always practical for daily baking. Thus, Irish Soda Bread emerged as a quick and convenient alternative.

The basic ingredients of Irish Soda Bread include flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Some variations may include additional ingredients such as butter, sugar, or raisins. The combination of baking soda and acidic buttermilk produces carbon dioxide bubbles when mixed, causing the dough to rise quickly. This method eliminates the need for yeast and allows the bread to be baked immediately.

The distinctive cross shape scored on top of the loaf is not just for decoration; it helps the bread to expand and cook evenly during baking. Folklore suggests that the cross was traditionally made to ward off evil spirits or to let blessings enter the bread.

Today, Irish Soda Bread remains a beloved part of Irish culinary heritage, enjoyed both in Ireland and around the world, especially during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Irish Soda Bread

1 lb Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1/4 Cup + 2  tablespoon sugar

2 Eggs (beaten)
1/4 lb Raisin (soaked in water at least 1 hour)

Buttermilk (enough to make loose dough)
Mix dry ingredients and add raisins

Add eggs

Add enough buttermilk until loose dough forms
Put in cake pan (8 or 9″)
With bench scraper or knife press an X in top

Bake 315 about 20 minutes high and 20 minutes in low


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