Irish Soda Bread | Heirloom Recipe


Gammy's Irish Soda Bread

March 17, 2020
4 Ratings
Photo by Caroline Lange
  • Makes one 9-inch loaf
  • 4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or, as the original recipe calls for, Crisco)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (or more, if you like)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Butter and flour a 10-inch cake pan.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then rub the tablespoon of butter into them until very fine. In another medium bowl, combine the raisins, currants, and caraway seeds with a tablespoon of the dry mix, breaking up any clumps of fruit with your fingers. Stir the fruit and seeds into the rest of the dry mix.
  3. If you wear rings, remove them now! (Or plan on scraping the dough from the crannies of your jewelry later.) Pour the buttermilk into the dry mix and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form. When it does, knead the dough into a ball (dusting with flour if you need) until cohesive, about 2 minutes.
  4. Place the dough into the pan and bake 60 to 70 minutes, until the crust begins to turn pale gold and makes a hollow sound when you tap it.

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    1 Review

    Tessa F. March 25, 2016
    This would not be called soda bread in Ireland, I've never had this combination or seen anything like it in Ireland, seems to be a real US tradition though. Soda bread takes a really really light hand, should be plains, simple and eaten very quickly. If it has currants it would be currant bread.