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Irish Soda Bread

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to do something festive. So I turned up Celtic Radio on Pandora, and invited my youngest cousin M over to bake Irish Soda Bread.

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According to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread (yes, apparently that’s a thing!), real Irish Soda Bread only contains flour, baking soda, salt, and milk. But my recipe has much more pizzazz, and I’d rather cook something festive than something boring. Sorry Great-Grandma O’Malley!

For my Irish Soda Bread, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and gather the following ingredients:

4 cups flour

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup dark raisins

1 cup dried cranberries

1 ½ cups buttermilk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon heavy cream

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First, use parchment paper to line your baking sheet, and set it aside. Then combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl, and whisk until mixed.

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Then use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. You can also use two knives if you don’t own a pastry cutter.

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Next, add the raisins and cranberries.

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And stir the mixture.

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In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, 1 egg, and baking soda. Then pour the mixture into the first bowl.

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And stir with a fork until the liquid is absorbed.

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Next, use your hands to press the dough into a round ball, and then flatten it into a disk about 8 inches across.

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Then, transfer the dough to the parchment-lined baking sheet.

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It should look like this:

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Finally, stir 1 egg yolk and the heavy cream together in a small bowl. Then use a pastry brush to brush the mixture over the loaf. Finish by using a sharp knife to cut an “X” into the top of the loaf.

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Then put the dough into the oven for 60 minutes, and rotate the tray halfway through.

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While we were waiting for the bread to cook, M and I made Shamrock Shakes. I’ll post on those tomorrow, but spoiler alert: they were delicious!

When the hour is over, or when the bread is a deep golden brown, stick a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, ta-da! Your bread is done. You now have beautiful Irish Soda Bread, the way that your grandma didn’t used to make it!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

~A

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6 replies »

  1. If I had known LAWanderlust was going to post a recipe for Irish Soda Bread, I would have rushed out immediately to purchase any ingredient I didn’t have on hand to make it!!!!! Irish Soda Bread is my all time favorite – any time of the year, and that’s no blarney!!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe – I’m going to make it this week. YUMMMMMYYYYY!!!!!

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