Traditional Irish soda bread is a common household staple in Ireland.
It became popular when baking soda became readily available to purchase. Combined with only 3 other common ingredients, Irish soda bread was made almost daily in many homes.
The unique texture of this bread makes it easy to identify. It has a rough and crunchy crust and a soft, yet thick dense interior.
The simple ingredient list allows you to prepare the dough in no time. A bread machine or dough hook is not required, just combine the ingredients with your hands.
And if you dread making bread because of the cumbersome and laborious process of kneading, have no fear. This Irish soda bread recipe requires no kneading at all!
Just mix and then form it into its infamous round shape. Put a couple of slices in the top of the dough with a sharp knife and bake. It’s really that simple!
Irish Soda Bread With Raisins??
If you have ever searched for Irish Soda Bread recipes, I am sure that you have seen pictures of bread with raisins scattered throughout.
Traditional soda bread does not have any raisins or caraway seeds, as the bread was intended for everyday use. It only contains the 4 basic ingredients of flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk.
The addition of raisins and caraway seeds was thought to originate in America when they made the bread for special occasions.
We love to serve this bread with soups, stews, and pasta dishes. It holds up well for dipping into liquid or mopping up the sauce on the plate.
Of course, when you make Irish Beef Stew, this is a must have!
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Irish Soda Bread
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
- Lightly flour a large baking sheet and set aside.
- Sift all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in 1-1/2 cups of the buttermilk. Incorporate buttermilk in the flour with one hand adding more buttermilk a little at a time just until the dough begins to come together.
- Place the dough on well-floured surface and form into a round shape (approximately 6-7 inches in diameter and 1-1/2 inches high in the center).
- With a sharp knife, make two cuts in the dough about ¼ inch deep in the shape of a cross.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400°F and bake until the bread is browned, approximately for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
- Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.