Family Friendly Irish Soda Bread

When I was a little girl, I remember sitting next to my mom all the time in our tiny kitchen in West Virginia. She was on the phone, smoking a cigarette (what’s up early 90s!), and doodling on a big yellow notepad. This was her regular spot, right next to the window, after school and on the weekends. Usually she was talking to my grandmother or one of my aunts, but this particular day she was talking to her dad, my Pop, to get the family Irish Soda Bread recipe.

I now make this same Irish Soda Bread for my kids every now and then from the same handwritten recipe from that big yellow notepad. There are doodles and plops of food all over it, but it is still readable. The thing that makes this piece of paper even more special is that my mom passed away in 2009 and this is something of hers that I can share with my kids since 2/3 of them never got to meet her.

Now I want to share this recipe with you!

Irish Soda Bread
A hearty, delicious, and slightly sweet bread delicious when served warm with butter and tea.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 Cups Flour
  2. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1 heaping tsp Baking Soda
  4. 3/4 tsp Salt
  5. 1 Cup Sugar
  6. pinch Cream of Tartar
  7. 1 Stick of Butter
  8. 1 1/4 Cups buttermilk
  9. 1/2 Cup Milk
  10. 1 Beaten Egg
  11. 1 1/2 Cup Raisins (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. If using raisins, soak in hot water - drain after next step
  3. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, and sugar)
  4. Drain raisins really well
  5. Mix in raisins
  6. Mix wet ingredients (butter, buttermilk, milk, egg)
  7. Add wet to dry and mix until a bread consistency
  8. Knead on a floured surface 4-5 times
  9. Butter and flour an 8" circle pan
  10. Smooth the dough in the pan
  11. Cut an X in the top
  12. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes
  13. Turn oven temperature down to 325 degrees until a knife comes out clean
  14. Cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan before putting on a wire rack to finish cooling
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I hope that the next time you are looking for something different to bring to a holiday meal or pot luck that you will consider sharing my family’s recipe. It is filled with memories, love, {and the tiniest touch of sweetness} which makes it the perfect compliment to any occasion. 

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