Irene’s Irish soda bread

March 13, 2008 | Food, Original NSS

Several people have asked for my mother’s Irish Soda Bread recipe. So here it is, in time for the liturgical observance of St. Patrick’s feast day, which is being celebrated tomorrow here in New York because of Holy Week, and the usual feast day, which is March 17, of course. Keep in mind that this bread must be slathered in butter. Not butter substitute, but real, artery-clogging butter. Enjoy!

4 cups flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup seedless raisins

1 Tbs. caraway seeds (optional)

1 1/3 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup Crisco

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into bowl.

Stir in raisins and caraway seeds, if using.

Add buttermilk and Crisco. Knead just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Shape into two mounds and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut an X into the top of each loaf. Makes two loaves.

Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into wedges to serve.

Hint: Do not try “adapting” this recipe. I have tried bread flour. I have tried whole wheat flour. Nothing comes close to the real deal.


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