Irish Soda Bread

by Nicole on March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Yesterday was a LONG day, but it’s over and I am glad. That means no more late hours for months and months. We had a nice dinner at the late house of 4:15, so we could be back in time for night time conferences at 6:00 pm. I did enjoy the fact it was still light out when we had to go back into school, it made me not as tired or wanting to run the other direction. It’s always funny to walk back into school because the parents swarm outside ready to walk in and you can imagine it’s a small bit like being a celebrity with parents wanting to talk to you right away. 

I am by no means Irish at all, but I enjoy celebrating the day. We always do a little something for it in school, talking about what it means, so every year I try to make Irish Soda Bread. I started out, my first year, buying it, but then I realized how easy it was to make. I have had this great recipe for years, from a family member and I don’t even know where they got it from. I didn’t use any type of whole grain flour since it was for my students. I wanted to stick with the original recipe so they could get the taste, plus some of them can be VERY picky and I don’t want to mess with their taste buds. 

Last year I made one whole wheat loaf and one white loaf. I ate half the whole wheat loaf by myself over the school week. This year I decided since I have 2 weeks ’till vacation I don’t need to make a wheat loaf just for me, as much as I want it! (Danny isn’t really a fan.)

Please excuse these pictures, by the time I did this last night, it was kind of light, kind of dark!

Shaped into a loaf, before baking.
out of the oven! yum!

Irish Soda Bread

3 cups of all purpose flour 
1/4 cup sugar
1 T baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 T unsalted butter (1/4 cup)
1 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk (I used reduced fat)
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl (I used the Kitchenaid stand mixer bowl) combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt and stir. Add the butter and mix again. Stir in the raisins. In a small bowl whisk the buttermilk and egg together and slowly add to flour mixture. (I switched to the bread hook after this step.) Mix well with the bread hook. Put the dough on a well floured surface and fold it over on itself a couple of times. Shape it into a loaf. Put the loaf on a cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes longer until it is browned on top. 

I wish I had a great picture of how it sliced, but I don’t since I’m waiting to slice it when I get to school. If I can sneak my camera out without looking like a weirdo I will! Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Who is having corned beef and cabbage tonight??

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pegasuslegend March 17, 2010 at 7:00 am

nice looking bread never had this one…will diffinitely have to try it, wow you can make anything thats so awesome! Hey stop by my blog I have something for you today!


Fit Chick in the City March 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

Irish soda bread is all over the blog world this week. I've never had it, so I must try it soon!


Estela @ Weekly Bite March 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

I started making this for my husband (He's Irish).

I like seeing all the different variations of recipes :)

Happy St. Patty's Day!


Simply Life March 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

oh the bread looks great!


tasteofbeirut March 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

I had no idea Irish soda bread was so easy to make! Sounds more like a cake! I did not know it had raisins in it too. Looks yummy.


Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers March 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

My husband is Irish and he and his whole family have long rued the fact that nobody wrote down his granny's soda bread recipe before she died. He says he has never found one that matches up to it so I'll have to try this one and see what he thinks!


Vegetable Matter March 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

One of my co-workers just asked about Irish Soda Bread. So happy I have a recipe to give her now. Bet the kids love it!


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Looks so good. I have never had Irish Soda Bread…might need to remedy that! :)


Travel Eat Love March 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Nice! This would be perfect with a good cup of tea :)


anutritionisteats March 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I had a reuben tonight (if that counts as corned beef and cabbage)! I really need to make some soda bread though for my BF – thanks for the recipe!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Im kinda guessing that you're never gonna make a recipe I can partake in..eggs, dairy, or gluten flour, but I love the looks of everything and wish I could partake!! I say the same thing to jessica howsweeteats LOL. I Esp want those brownies in the last post…mmmmgooodstufffff!


Angie March 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

This looks great, a good recipe for my first soda bread, I've never made it before. Thanks!


denise @ quickies on the dinner table March 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

A very good looking Irish soda loaf. Wish you'd taken a picture of how it looked sliced too :) Saved this recipe for trying out!


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