One of my all time favorite bread recipes, Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require yeast. Baking soda and baking powder are the leavening agents for this dense yet tender bread flecked with dried cranberries and currants.
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My husband is Irish. He is one of those fair-skinned Irishmen that call his sunburn “an Irish tan.” He comes from a large Catholic family that loves its Irish heritage. He enjoys a beer or 2. So when March rolls around each year, he would like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long. A loaf or 3 of Irish Soda Bread are required eating during the month long Irish celebration.
An Irish feast of corned beef and cabbage or Guinness Irish Lamb Stew graces our dinner table at least a couple times during March. My husband would be ecstatic if we had an Irish dinner every night of the week. As an accompaniment, I bake a couple loaves of my version of Irish Soda Bread.
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ingredients for Irish soda bread
chef cooking tips for making homemade Irish soda bread from scratch
- Irish Soda Bread is an ideal recipe for the novice baker. With only a few ingredients and a quick prep time, the recipe is foolproof.
- The buttermilk ensures that the bread will be tender. And use any extra buttermilk to make salad dressings, smoothies or fluffy pancakes. If you do not have buttermilk, make an easy substitute. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to each cup of milk. Let stand 5 minutes before adding it to the dry ingredients.
- To insure baking success, cut the traditional cross or “X” in the top of the loaves before baking. The belief is that the X wards off any evil spirits in the upcoming year.
- I struggle knowing when bread ready. Using a digital thermometer takes the guess work out of knowing when it is time to pull it out of the oven. The internal temperature of the loaf is 195 degrees F when it is baked to perfection.
Best served warm straight from the oven and generously slathered with butter, any leftover slices are divine when toasted and served with jam for breakfast the next morning.
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One of my favorite bread recipes, rustic Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require yeast. Baking soda and baking powder are the leavening agents for this dense yet tender bread flecked with dried cranberries and currants.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, currants and cranberries.
- Add the buttermilk and stir until the flour mixture and buttermilk resemble a coarse crumbly dough.
- Lightly dust hands with flour and turn dough out on to a work surface. Gently knead until a rough ball forms; about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Cut the dough in half and form into 2 round loaves.
- Transfer the loaves to the prepared pan. Cut a cross about ½ inch deep in the top of each loaf.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown. The loaves are done when there is a hollow sound when they are tapped on the bottom and the bread has an internal temperature of 195 degrees.
If you do not have buttermilk, make an easy substitute. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to each cup of milk. Let stand 5 minutes before adding it to the dry ingredients.
The loaves are done when there is a hollow sound when they are tapped on the bottom and the bread has an internal temperature of 195 degrees.
- Category: side dish – bread
- Method: bake in oven
- Cuisine: Irish
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 111
- Sugar: 7.8 g
- Sodium: 265 mg
- Fat: 0.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 23.7 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 3.5 g
- Cholesterol: 1 mg
Keywords: Irish soda bread, St. Patrick’s Day recipes, spotted dog bread, Irish soda bread recipe with buttermilk
This recipe was originally posted in March 2014. Updates in March 2020 include photos and detailed recipe directions.