Posted by: marthabernie | March 3, 2015

IRISH SODA BREAD – American Style

I subscribe to a magazine called King Arthur Flour Baking Sheet.  As a result, they send me their catalog of flours, baking mixes, extracts, etc, and there are always a few recipes included.  The latest catalog has a recipe for “Irish Soda Bread” which is typical of an American variation on the original.  I have never had raisins in soda bread in Ireland, you would have to look hard to find it, I think.  There are raisins in scones and other types of bread, but real Irish soda bread does not contain sugar and it has no raisins.

When I try this recipe, I will use California golden raisins, but I think I will also try it without the dried fruit and no sugar, just to see what happens!  You can get the Irish style wholemeal flour from King Arthur at:


2-1/2 cups Irish style wholemeal flour

1-1/4 cups unbleached bread flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup currants or raisins, loosely packed

1/4 cup cold butter, diced

1-1/3 cups buttermilk

1 large egg

Whisk together flours, sugar, baking soda, salt and fruit.  Work in the butter until it’s evenly distributed and no large chunks remain.  Whisk together buttermilk and egg.  Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to combine.  The dough will be stiff; if it’s too crumbly to squeeze together, add another tablespoon or two or buttermilk.

Knead the dough a couple of times, then shape it into a ball.  Flatten the ball slightly, and place the loaf in a lightly greased 8 or 9 inch round cake pan, or pie pan; it won’t spread much so the pan doesn’t have to be large.  Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2 inch deep cross, extending all the way to the edges, atop the loaf.  Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and brush the top with melted butter, if desired.  Transfer to a rack to cool.

PS  You can also buy the Irish Soda Bread Mix at the King Arthur website shop.


  1. We used to get that all the time. Then it just stopped coming and I just thought it ended…. I will look online again for that… Cool!


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