Irish Raisin Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe with Raisins to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Raisin Soda Bread

Did everyone recover from that lost hour of sleep?  This is the first year that it’s really hit me losing that hour #signsimgettingOLD.   I did, however, enjoy that extra hour of sunshine more than ever so that made up for the lost sleep!  We had an pleasant surprise this weekend: Sunday was 65 degrees out and sunny!  Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, in Rochester was out taking advantage of the early spring-like weather.  Here in Rochester, we know we have to embrace these days around this time of year because they are gone in a flash and we can be back to winter weather in no time.  You will literally see every car window rolled down and people sporting their summer attire in any weather higher than 60 in the Spring :)  That’s how we roll…

So, for a couple years I’ve had this recipe for Irish soda bread sitting around and intended on trying it out but finally just got around to it Friday night.  Mr. Wishes was gone for the night snowboarding with a friend (yes, snowboarding weather Friday and shorts and T-shirt weather Sunday….welcome to Rochester, New York!)  I took full advantage of a night to experiment with some St. Patrick’s day food.  I also made shamrock shakes that I will be sharing with you later this week!

Normally, I am not a huge fan of Irish soda bread as they always seem to be dry and bland to me.  I loved the taste and texture of this one, though.  My house smelled amazing while this bread was baking – so amazing that I only let it cool for a few minutes because I couldn’t wait to taste it.  It’s fabulous with the orange zest; I thought it really bumped up the flavor.  You can leave this out and still have good results.  The dough was definitely a little sticky and moist.  It might be a bit hard to shape, but it will come together and this recipe really is easy to make overall.

This bread would be great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!  I liked it best the next day toasted with butter.  It’s a great way to celebrate St. Patty’s day!

 
Irish Raisin Soda Bread

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (can leave out)
1 cup raisins or currants

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (can also use a round cake or pie pan, like I did).

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.  With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a bowl.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.  Combine the raisins/currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough (this will keep them from sinking during baking).  It will be very wet.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it a few times into a round loaf.  Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean (mine took closer to 55).  When you tap the loaf, it should have a hollow sound.  Cool on a baking rack.  I dusted the top with Rye flour to make it look nicer (optional). Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

26 Responses to “Irish Raisin Soda Bread”

  1. March 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

    I made soda bread this weekend too! I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out because, like you said, the dough seemed SO wet! But it all worked out, and it was so simple! Yours looks fabulous – love the raisin addition!

    • March 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      Thanks, Marie! It’s nontraditional, but I thought it was good!

  2. March 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

    Hmm I’ve never had soda bread before. I guess it’s called soda from the baking soda? Looks really good!

    • March 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

      Yeah, something about it rises due to the reaction between the soda and the buttermilk. Something like that! ;)

  3. March 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM #

    I totally felt the loss of the hour~ love soda bread! YUM!

  4. March 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM #

    I totally felt the loss of that extra hour…I love soda bread, YUMMY!!

    Vianney

    • March 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM #

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thanks, Vianney!

    • March 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM #

      Thanks, Vianney! I’m just seeing your comment now. Sorry about that!

  5. March 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM #

    Lol! I hear ya about people dressing for summer when it is above 60! I was amazed to see some of my students roll into my class last night in shorts and no jackets!

    This bread sounds really yummy- perfect for breakfast with some melty butter and honey! I’ll have to try it!

    • March 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM #

      Oh, I bet it would be great with honey! Thanks for the idea!

  6. March 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM #

    This has to be the most beautiful irish soda bread I’ve ever seen, Ashley. :) I love soda bread and always rely on my mom making it. I need to make it sometime soon!

    • March 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM #

      Aww thanks, Sally! I tried to make it look all fancy and professional :)

  7. March 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM #

    Nice, Ashley! Right in time, too.
    Our weather has been a real roller coaster.Seems like that Groundhog was mistaken!

  8. March 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM #

    i’ve never been that into soda bread but yours looks soooooo moist and delicious, i really wanna give it a go again!

    • March 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM #

      I always felt the same way! But I think this one may have won me over…

  9. March 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM #

    Soda bread is on my list of things to make and this one looks really good. I love making breads in my breadmaker but I just vary my basic yeasted bread recipe by adding spices, herbs or seeds. I should really push myself to do something a bit different one day.

    • March 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM #

      Thanks for commenting! I also want to experiment more with breads. I’ve only made it at home a few times…

  10. March 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    Not to be “snarky” but according to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread (http://www.sodabread.info) there are only 4 ingredients in “real”/”authentic” soda bread: flour, baking soda, salt and milk/buttermilk.
    Give this a try sometime: http://www.cheap-bastid-cooks.com/traditional-irish-soda-bread-
    recipe
    I’ve been wanting to try a recipe like yours though as a breakfast bread. It should be fantastic slathered in butter.

    • March 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM #

      Yes, I actually did know that the bread I made was not authentic soda bread. I wanted to try out the recipe I had, though. Thanks for commenting, Walt! Some day I will try out an authentic recipe.

  11. March 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM #

    I’ve been curious about Irish Soda Bread ever since I read “Cheffin’,” a book about the life and career of an Irish chef. This is the most attractive loaf I’ve ever seen. It looks easy to make and I love raisins in my bread! I must make this!

    Alaiyo

    • March 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM #

      Thank you thank you! I was surprised at how well it turned out :)

  12. March 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM #

    My soda bread is never good-looking! Yours? Picture perfect! :) Hard to believe St. Paddy’s is right around the corner with 9 inches of snow falling today…boooo :(

    • March 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

      It took more than one try. Trust me! Lol

  13. March 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM #

    Great for St. Paddy’s Day

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