How to make Irish Soda Bread
If you’ve ever wondered how to make Irish Soda Bread let me assure you, it’s real easy. And of course, every year around St. Patrick’s Day, this traditional quick bread rises to the top of the charts in popularity.
Soda bread got it’s start in Europe and it’s the Irish that made it as popular as it is today. Boiled raisins are a traditional ingredient. By boiling the raisins, they “plump” up and become much softer, making them considerably more palatable in baked goods and add a perfect texture and sweetness to the bread.
Irish Soda Bread is a recipe that’s not only delicious, but it’s very easy to make. Soda bread is a variety of quick bread which, instead of yeast as the leavening agent, uses baking soda.
Irish Soda Bread is best served with some softened butter and even some sea salt sprinkled on top. It can also be used for French Toast, which is really awesome.
Serves: 1 loaf
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons shortening
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix well with a spoon.
- In a separate bowl, pour boiling water over raisins, let stand until cool. Dry raisins on a paper towel.
- Add Raisins and caraway seeds to flour mixture.
- In another bowl, egg, milk and shortening. When that's mixed well, add it to the bowl with all the other ingredients and mix it all together.
- Form dough into a round loaf, place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 1 hour and 350 degrees F.