Friday, March 9, 2018

Irish Soda Breads (Yep, TWO recipes): Different and Fruity

So you've decided to venture into the world of baking your own Irish soda bread.  

Before you start buying, mixing, and cooking, make sure you read
this explanation of Irish soda bread.  I've always thought of Irish soda bread with raisins and other dried fruits, but that's not traditional.  The traditional part of Irish soda bread (traditional going back to the 1840's) is that baking soda was used for leavening (rising) instead of yeast.  And milk was soured or one would use buttermilk.  Traditional Irish soda bread has four ingredients that include flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.  It's baked as a round with a cross cut across the top.  That's basically it.  Now there are dozens of variations; they just really aren't "traditional"!     

So.. click away through the dozens of Irish soda bread recipes you will find, but make sure you know what you want to do. 

Soda Bread with Raisins from Recipe Girl*

Below are two great Irish soda bread variations.  There are still about 8 days until St. Patrick's Day 2018; plenty of time to try a few different recipes!

From the Daily Meal with cranberries, apricots, and ginger:


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) cold butter, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 ¾ cups cold buttermilk,
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup julienned apricots
  • ½ cup crystalized ginger
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon milk (optional)
Directions can be found HERE, at the Daily Meal.

Irish Soda Bread with a few twists and whiskey

  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey (or hot water)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Directions can be found HERE, at Serious Eats.

*Recipe Girl just put out a recipe for Salmon Wellington!  It looks delicious!

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