Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

    55 minutes

    Classic Irish soda bread which is a great accompaniment to potato soup, Irish stew or at breakfast. Delicious and easy.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 3 cups plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a cast iron skillet.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and sugar. Toss the raisins with the flour mixture until coated. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, buttermilk and melted margarine. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are absorbed. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead for a few quick turns, just to even out the dough. Handle the dough as little as possible. Pat into a flat circle, and place into the prepared pan.
    3. Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the edges are golden.

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    Please ADD SALT, a little will do you just fine. The first time I made this it was a total flop. One dash of salt could have saved this recipe. Second attempt with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, MUCH BETTER.  -  15 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Yummy! This one was so incredibly quick and tastes great. I actually didn't have buttermilk so I substituted 1 cup plain yogurt (what the Joy of Cooking suggests as a substitution).  -  16 Mar 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Well, Grandpa McAndrew must've been one heck of a guy, because this is one heck of a good Irish Soda Bread! I do however think that when "Mom" was copying down the recipe she did forget to add the salt...a little bit is all you need. I chose to add 1/2 tsp. I like my soda breads a little sweeter, so I doubled the amount of sugar to 1/4 cup. After I formed the bread I lightly scored it and brushed it with an egg wash. I popped it the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and baked it at 375 for about 45 minutes. This is a great recipe for traditional Irish soda bread - perfect warm with butter served with a cup of tea!  -  14 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)