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Irish Soda Bread

I’m really glad I got to make this on St. Patrick’s Day! I didn’t really know what to expect, but this recipe produced a yummy snack before our Mavs game. It was really similar to a big huge biscuit. Now that I’m really looking at the ingredients, they’re pretty much exactly the same. This loaf was pretty dense and soft, and I was expecting it to be sweeter. But it was good! I added 2 boxes of raisins that I soaked in water for a few minutes. I baked at 350 instead of 375, and it took 52 minutes. Every 15 minutes I brushed the loaf with the butter/buttermilk mixture.
I kind of want to make the Irresistable Irish Soda Bread from All Recipes, because everyone is comparing them to each other. The recipes are so similar, but at the same time, so different. Maybe I’ll try it over the weekend.
Day two – Ok, this bread is not that impressive. It was a lot better straight out of the oven. It’s not bad, it’s just not great. It was a fun experiment, but I won’t try another recipe.
Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread (All Recipes)
  • 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


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

2. 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.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.


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