Serves 4

Irish soda bread is an excellent choice if you want a delicious and quick bread recipe. This particular bread doesn't need any yeast. Instead, buttermilk and baking soda do all of the leavening action. Generations of Irish families have their own soda bread recipes, but this might be the easiest and most delicious one that you will want to keep. This bread will have a dense but soft interior while providing a crispy outside crust. Grab that cold butter and buttermilk so that you can make your own fabulous Irish soda bread.

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  • 1 and 3/4 cups (420ml) buttermilk
  • One large egg
  • 4 and 1/4 cups (531g) all-purpose flour
  • Three tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar
  • One teaspoon baking soda
  • One teaspoon salt
  • Five tablespoons (70g) cold, unsalted butter
  • One cup (150g) of raisins


Step 1. Make sure to preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). For the baking vessel, you have several options: you can use a regular baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Dutch ovens can be lined with parchment paper or greased on all sides. However, one of the best ways is to use a seasoned 10 to 12-inch cast-iron or carbon steel skillet for the job. These skillets will ensure that your bread bakes evenly in your oven. Plus, you have an easy way to serve your bread once it is finished.

Step 2. After that, whisk the egg and buttermilk together and set aside. Then take the flour, baking soda, granulated sugar, and salt and mix in a large bowl. The butter should be cold, and you need your fingers, fork, or pastry cutter to cut and incorporate into the mixture. Remember that since there is a lot of flour in the recipe, you need to cut the butter until it is about the size of a pea.

Step 3. Next, add the raisins and pour in your egg/buttermilk mixture. You need to gently fold the dough until it reaches the point that is too stiff to stir. Pour that dough onto a lightly floured surface. Make sure to flour your hands and work the dough into a ball shape. You will then knead for another 30 seconds or until all of the flour is incorporated. If your dough is very sticky, use more flour in the mixture.

Step 4. Now you can transfer the dough ball to a prepared pan or skillet. You want to score an X on the top with a very sharp knife. Bake this bread until it has a golden brown color and the center is fully cooked, around 45 minutes. If your bread is developing heavy browning on the top, you can loosely cover it with some aluminum foil.

Step 5. Once the bread has a golden-brown crust, you can remove it from the oven and allow it to cool down for 10 minutes. This quick bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Any leftover bread should be covered and stored at room temperature. You can leave it on the counter for two days or in the refrigerator for one week.

What Is Irish Soda Bread?

As you may have guessed, this traditional quick bread recipe hails from Ireland. Various recipes use different cooking methods and formulations. Some loaves include everything from seeds to dried fruits, while other breads are baked on a griddle.

Bread-making was a vital part of every Irish home. Since many families lived in isolated areas, they needed bread that they could bake in an open hearth and heavy iron pots. The Irish soda bread was born! This bread gets its name from the bubbles developed when the baking soda mixes with the buttermilk. Buttermilk is an essential ingredient in giving the bread a tender and beautiful crumb. The taste and aroma of this traditional soda bread are a unique part of Irish culture. It has become a delicious addition to any table, whether you are Irish or not.

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Irish Soda Bread Is a Quick Bread

For many people, the thought of making homemade bread can be daunting. With this Irish soda bread recipe, you are in luck. This quick bread uses only baking soda and not yeast. While this shortcut bread recipe doesn't include yeast, it is still flavorful.

Many people love the texture of this bread. This Irish soda bread has a golden-brown crust with a tight, dense crumb. You might think that this bread is very heavy, but it has a soft and tender interior. When the bread comes out of the oven, you will have a nice crisp crust. After a few days, that crust will develop a chewy texture that remains full of flavor.

This recipe does contain sugar, but it doesn't make the bread too sweet. You can use this bread to complement heavy stews or serve with cheese, jam, or butter. If you want authentic bread, don't forget to add those raisins.

Secrets To the Perfect Irish Soda Bread

While Irish soda bread only needs a few ingredients, you never want to forget the buttermilk. These ingredients react with the baking soda to help in the leavening process. Along with that, it gives the bread a wonderful flavor.

If you don't want to add an egg, you can skip it. However, the egg does provide some density and richness to the loaf. Skipping it will give you a lighter bread.

When you are kneading the dough, never overwork it. The dough can look a little rough. You want to score the bread with an X. With that, you will have a fully cooked center.

Finally, while you can bake Irish soda bread in a baking pan or baking sheet, cast iron or carbon steel are the best choices. They will guarantee that your Irish soda bread develops a crispy crust.

With this recipe, you can have a quick and easy way to make homemade bread with your carbon steel skillet.

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