When I was 19 I lived in Galway, Ireland for a year as part of a study abroad program. As St. Patrick’s Day arrived I learned a few things about us silly Americans. More people in Galway spent the day in church pews versus wearing shamrocks and leprechauns, and the Irish Soda Bread I grew up eating tasted nothing like authentic Irish Soda Bread. But I have a secret. I adore my family’s Homemade Irish Soda Bread recipe. It is much sweeter than true soda bread. My kids can’t get enough of it!
- 4 C sifted all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 C sugar
- ¾ C butter
- 1½ C buttermilk (can sub milk plus 1 tsp apple cider vinegar)
- 1 C raisins
- Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.
- Cut butter into small pieces.
- Add butter to flour mixture and combine until mixture resembles course crumbs.
- Mix milk and raisins until just combined.
- Knead for 1 minute.
- Split dough in half and form two loaves.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 or until golden brown. Let cool.
- Cut into slices and enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE IRISH SODA BREAD
Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.
Cut butter into small pieces.