Irish Soda Bread (with Raisins)

Total Time:
2 hr
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons solid shortening (recommended: Crisco)
  • 2/3 cup raisins, brown or golden or mixed
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar. Using a pastry blender or fingertips, work the shortening into the flour until the consistency is the same as that of small peas. Stir in the raisins and caraway and mix to distribute evenly. Gradually stir in the buttermilk, 1/4 cup at a time, using only enough to allow the dough to come together. Knead the dough for 1 to 2 minutes. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an X on the top and over the sides of the loaf. Bake for 45 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a rack


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    I had never made or had Irish Soda Bread before. It was good - but not necessarily something I see myself making again. Plus the hubby didn't like the raisins OR the caraway in this bread so for him it was a complete bust.
    This recipe was tasty. Although it reminded me more of a scone. I used cake flour and not ap flour. According to the Joy of Baking website, to substitute cake flour for ap flour, I used 1 cup and 2 TBSP of cake flour for every 1 cup of ap flour. I also didn't use the caraway seeds but added orange zest instead. I also only put in half the raisins and used currants for the other half. And I try not to use shortening so I used all butter instead.
    Lovely Bread. We had to subsitute Crisco w/un~salted butter because of my allergy to soybeans now in Everything,including Crisco!It had no problem and the two of us even made 'French Toast' w/the Bread.A delicious and Easy recipe. Please try it. {We added extra raisins because of the tastiness of dried fruit.}
    I have never made this before. It turned out okay, but I am not sure if I will make it again.
    4 cups sifted flour
     
    1 tsp soda
     
    1 tsp salt
     
    2 cups buttermilk
     

     
    Optional: 1 -2 tsp sugar
     
    Optional: 1/2 cup golden raisins or currants.
     
    Preheat oven to 450
     

     
    Sift dry ingredients together, fold in raisins/currants, make a well in the middle - pour in 3/4's buttermilk, blend together with a fork, kneed with hands to judge consistency (it should be soft like a baby's bottom) - add a little more buttermilk if needed.
     
    Turn on to floured board - divide dough in half - knead 3 - 4 times. Place dough mounds in 2 greased 8" cake pans, pat dough mound slightly down, cut a + in top 1/2 through thickness - brush remaining buttermilk on loaf.
     
    Place pans in oven - back for 30 min. Test by thumping on bottom - a hollow sound will prove it is done. Remove immediately from pan and place on a tea towel -covered cooling rack - wrap tea towel over the top of the loaves.
     
    If you can wait as long as 15 minutes - slice the loaf and enjoy with butter and marmalade. yumm.
     
    This can be used also with wheat flour - you may have to up the buttermilk a bit.
     

     
    I got his recipe from a cottage owner in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare!
    I haven't made this recipe, but the soda bread recipe I have been making for last 30 years is very close and includes raisens and caraway seeds -- just as my mother used who was born and raised in Ireland. She was authentic and so was her soda bread. However, I have a running argument with my Dublin-born neighbor about raisens. I use butter (I can't imagine an Irishman not using butter) and I don't use nutmeg but I might give it a try (I love nutmeg in zucchini bread). Sometimes I slice an apple very thin to the ingredients -- keeps it moist longer.
    This recipe looks good, in fact it's very similar to one that I've been making for years.
     

     
    However it will produce what the Irish might call "Tea Bread", or what one of my chums calls "Narrowback Soda Bread", i.e. a bread gussied up with raisins, spices, sugar, and caraway.
     

     
    It's NOT real Soda Bread, which should contain only four things: Flour (preferably soft-wheat); soda; salt; and sour milk or buttermilk.
     

     
    This is a nice bread, but REAL Irish Soda Bread does not have raisins. Their addition makes this Spotted Dick. Check out Wickipedia.
    This was so easy to make, even my grandson helped me!!!! Used butter instead of shortening, but loved the moist dense bread it produced. Omitted the caraway seeds and nutmeg. Used superfine sugar on the top after I cross scored the top of the bread. THIS IS A KEEPER RECIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS.
    i just tried this for the first time. Really easy to make and fast. I didn't have shortening, so I used butter instead. It still came out, although it was yellow instead of the pale color of soda bread. I didn't use caraway seeds as I don't like them in soda bread and it was fine. I would use half the amount of nutmeg next time.
    Easy and good - fit the occasion nicely.
     
    I would suggest cutting in slices rather than in wedges.
    Very easy receipe. I will probably use less caraway seeds next time.
    I think that this recpie is great
    You can't miss with this one. It's easy and delicious. Everything a great cook could ask for. My family loved it and are begging for more.
    I have used this recipe now for the past 4 years and everyone I make it for loves it. It is slightly moist with a unique flavor brought by the nutmeg and caraway together.
     
    I come back to Food TV when ever I misplace my recipe, or give it up to a friend.
     
    This will now be my forever Irish Soda bread recipe.
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