Irish Soda Bread!
If it is St. Patrick’s Day….you just gotta have Irish Soda Bread!
A good old fashioned soda bread with just the basic ingredients. Buttermilk gives this crusty loaf a good flavor.
Yes, sometimes I give in to my sweet tooth and add raisins…even golden raisins, or both.
I come from an Irish background and this recipe was given to me by my Grandmother on my Mother’s side .
Grandma Alice had so many good recipes ….she had nine children and she had to keep them all happy with her delicious recipes.
Grandpa Joe had the largest garden in the little town of 200 people.
So they really ate healthy food on a daily basis.
They continued to have a huge garden and Grandpa Joe keep it free of weeds and believe it or not….insecticides.
I have lovely memories of my grandparents and I am happy to share one of Grandma Alice’s favorites….Irish Soda Bread.
The printable recipe is below….it is the best Irish soda bread around!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup margarine, softened
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine.
- Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.
- Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
- Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.
- Check bread after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.
- This bread is great "as is"...but sometimes I add raisins or golden raisins...or both....just a bit of sweetness.;)