Irish Soda Bread

Whether you are Irish, or just Irish at heart, St. Patrick’s Day is everyone’s favorite day of the year to eat, drink and be merry. Grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy this hearty, Irish meal. Sláinte!

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 35 0 degrees. Grease a 9-inch, round cake pan.

Mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter gently into the flour mixture until well combined, and stir in the raisins. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk and eggs together; lightly beat the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Place the dough into the prepared cake pan.

Bake in 350 degree oven 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the bread has risen and the top is golden brown. A knife inserted into the center of the bread should come out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing. Serve warm, with plenty of butter.

Heather Dombos comes from a long, southern tradition of hospitality and hearty cooking. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up something special for family and friends.

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