I have always wanted to make Irish soda bread. For whatever reason, the name has always kind of intrigued me. But most versions I saw involved some sort of raisins. I’m not really a fan of raisins. I dislike raisins so much that I will pick them out and/or eat around them in oatmeal raisin cookies. So, I thought about making the bread and I talked about making the bread, but I never made the bread.
It wasn’t until we got a food blog and we started looking around at Irish foods for St. Patrick’s Day that I found out that raisins and all those other additions to Irish soda bread were just that; additions. I had seen a bunch of Americanized versions of the bread, but the original is very simple and contains only 4 ingredients. So, Irish soda bread we did make.
This bread is super easy to make and it comes out all crunchy and rustic looking. It totally looks like the kind of bread you’d make if you lived in Ireland with your sheep and potatoes. We did make a compound butter to go with it. And oh, the butter. I could slather it on everything. I’d eat a shoe if it were covered in this butter. So delicious. So, if you want a taste of Ireland, make some Irish soda bread. It’s super easy. And if you want a taste of Ireland slathered in heaven, make some butter to go with it.
Irish Soda Bread
For the bread:
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1-1 ¼ cups buttermilk
For the butter:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-2 tsp honey, to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
- For the bread: Preheat oven to 350˚ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Add buttermilk, and with claw-shaped hands, mix until the dough comes together. You may need to add more or less buttermilk depending on how the dough comes together. It should be moist, but not so sticky that it is hard to handle.
- Shape into a round and place on the prepared baking sheet. Cut an X in the top with a sharp knife and bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before slicing.
- For the butter: Add honey, cinnamon, and vanilla to room temperature butter and mix together until smooth and well combined.
Source: Irish soda bread from Baking Bites, butter a Kids in the Sink original