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Irish Soda Bread - TSLCHere’s an easy way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Make this traditional Irish soda bread.  Irish soda bread is so good right from the oven slathered with butter. Serve Irish soda bread with a meal or have it with coffee as a treat.

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk
Extra butter or margarine for basting
Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until resembles fine crumbs.. (I use a fork to do this.Some people us a pastry blender)
Stir in raisins and buttermilk. (I soak my raisins in boiling water for 30 minutes but this is not necessary). Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times until smooth.  Shape into a round loaf.  Place on a sprayed cookie sheet.  Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the loaf.  Baste the loaf with melted butter before baking and again a couple of times while baking.   Cook in preheated 375 degree oven 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.  Enjoy!
Be sure to check out my recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage!
Note:  Legend says the cross or X is cut into the top of the bread to ward off evil spirits. Don’t leave the X off!!!
“May the leprechauns be near you
To spread luck along your way
May all the Irish angels
Smile upon you on St. Patrick’s Day”
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  1. Susie Thurston says:

    I wanted to make the Corned Beef & Cabbage but we do not have a package of seasoning that comes with our briskets. What is in the seasoning packet?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I got this list off the internet, Susie. There was no given amounts. I would just guess at how much I wanted and what I wanted to add to the brisket. cinnamon
      powdered ginger
      mustard seed
      whole cloves
      whole blk. pepper
      whole cardamon

  2. My now 12 year old grandson has been requesting Irish Soda Bread every year now since he was in elementary school (first grade I think) and one of his teacher’s gave the kids the recipe. I have somehow misplaced that recipe and am thrilled that you posted yours. Looks the same, but I think I had been cooking at maybe 400 degrees. Always had an uncooked lump in the center. This temp. ought to do the trick.

  3. Oh My this is soo good. I added caraway seeds because my MIL has always done so and it is amazing. I am Italian, but my MIL family has used a recipe from her Irish side of the family that has been passed on for many years and I never liked Irish Soda Bread until she made it for me. This is very similar to our family recipe. Very easy to do and I am making a double batch right now as we are eating the first loaf……Not going to worry about the calories. Thank you TSLC for another amazing recipe!!

  4. The acid in buttermilk is a leavener – it works with the baking soda and causes it to rise – you could add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar to the 2% milk and it would raise the acidity and cause it to rise otherwise it will be flat and heavy

  5. Corn beef and cabbage ready. Irish soda bread in oven.. Thank you very much!!

  6. can you use 2% milk instead of buttermilk?

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  10. Oh my goodness I cannot stop looking at this picture of this yummy bread. It looks so delicious. Save me a piece I have to go get the butter…

  11. Love all Irish soda bread, this looks yummy. My Scottish neighbor tries a different recipe to gift me every year, I am a very lucky person. And, you’re right, warm out of the oven, with some butter – doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks for a new recipe.

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