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Irish Soda Bread

March 16, 2012

I got this recipe for Irish soda bread from the cooking tent at the Taste of Chicago last summer and I finally got the chance to try it out. It is delicious. It’s sweet and buttery, almost like a biscuit. Definitely the best Irish soda bread I’ve ever tried! If you have leftovers, they make great toast. You can slice the bread and keep it in the freezer for awhile too, so it stays fresh.

soda bread on table

Measure into a large bowl:

3 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Sift the mixture together 3 times. (If anything won’t go through the sifter, throw it out)

Cut in 1/2 cup butter.

Add 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

and 1 1/2 cups golden raisins (optional).

Hand-knead together and pat into a 10-inch circle on a lightly floured baking sheet (or line the baking sheet with parchment paper–it helps the bottom not get too dark). Bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown and done in the center (at least 1 hour). Cool on a rack.

soada bread

(Recipe from Dave Samber, Polo Cafe and Catering)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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