Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
Here is the Best Irish Soda Bread recipe, from the Irish Heritage cookbook. I kind of consider myself an expert on soda bread. I’ve tried numerous different recipes, but this has been my favorite.
The Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe
4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use coconut oil, you can also use butter…which is a lot better than vegetable oil)
1 cup golden raisins
1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
Combine dry ingredients (including raisins and caraway seeds). Add in eggs, buttermilk, and oil: Stir until thoroughly mixed. Bake at 350* for 35-/+ minutes.
There are few ways to bake this bread:
1) You can either do it as a free form bread (meaning just pile it up on the center of a greased cookie sheet) and make one large (or two smaller), slightly flatter, loaves
2) Use a greased 9″ spring form pan….this will take longer to bake, closer to 50-60 minutes, but will give you a large, round, slightly higher loaf
3) Split the dough between 2-8″ layer cake pans and bake 30-40 minutes, this will give you 2 smaller but round loaves.