Sweet Irish Soda Bread

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min

1 loaf


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well. Cut the butter and shortening into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Using your fingers, work the cold butter and shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg, the buttermilk, the currants and the caraway seeds and mix into the flour mixture until it is incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently until the dough forms a smooth ball. Place the dough into a lightly greased loaf pan. Score the top of the loaf with a very sharp knife. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Place the loaf in the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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Made this Irish Bread and tasted Great.We had to increase the Butter due to an Allergy to Shortening.Did not change the consistency or End Results. We thoroughly enjoyed and consider a Staple.Not only an Honorary Irish Lass Once a Year! When cooler or have a bread machine to bake this lucious loaf,do not wait. We added Currants.If too hard, soften in a 1~2 ounce amount of liquid of choice. e.g.Orange juice,sherry,warm water,dark lager,stout... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous warm with Irish butter on it. I sprinkle raw sugar over it prior to baking.I omitted the currants and caraway seeds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this bread for years and everyone loves it. I did make a few adjustments- skip the caraway seeds and add raisins instead of currants. It has so much more flavor that regular soda bread!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe...what a gloppy mess. Recipe also leaves out when to add the first tablespoon of sugar. Waste of time and money. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My grandmother was an Irish immigrant. I had many a loaf of her bread and never saw a currant, raisin or caraway seed. I only had Irish soda cake when I and my cousins were younguns, soda cake has sugar in it. Once we started school we received the same soda bread as the adults. So Food Network, someone has been pulling your leg! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's a tea cake. Soda bread does not contain fruit or sweetening. But it makes a nice tea cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank goodness I had watched Ms Contessa make this on TV. Following the recipe precisely (except that I made my own buttermilk, adding 1tbsp of vinegar to the cup of milk), I got a gooey mass. I ended up adding one additional cup of flour. The texture became kneadable, but rather than kneading, I just turned the mixture straight onto the baking dish. Top browned a bit more than I would like, but, at least it's not too floury! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As far as soda breads go this is the best my mother said she ever had(she has been to ireland so she has eaten a lot of soda bread). item not reviewed by moderator and published
we (two completely inexperienced bread makers) followed the recipe exactly, except that we omitted the currants and the sanding sugar for the top. when we were kneading it we had to add a lot of extra flour, but once we did we could knead it pretty easily. It turned out absolutely perfect! a little lighter and more crumbly than normal soda bread... but still delicious. Although, if you don't like caraway seeds I definitely wouldn't recommend it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly and consider myself an experienced baker, but this bread turned out to be a disaster. First, the recipe seemed to have a few flaws because it did not specify when to add the normal sugar (i.e. not the sanding sugar), the dough was too soupy to knead and the top of the loaf started to burn 10 minutes into the baking process. Second, I did not enjoy how the bread tasted. The caraway seeds were too dominating. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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