So today I decided to make a recipe that has been passed through my family, Irish Soda Bread. My family is only partially Irish, but my mom has definitely perfected this recipe and has passed the love for Irish Soda bread through the family. Unlike the rest of my recipes, Irish Soda Bread doesn’t really originate from any holiday in Ireland, it is a bread that the poor in Irish used to make. It requires basic ingredients and is easy to make. One interesting thing about this bread is that it is always finished with a cross on the top before baking, apparently to ward off the devil and protect the household. Although this bread may sounds special, it wasn’t to the Irish people, they made it every 2-3 days and ate it with their meals.
If you would like a little more history, visit here: http://www.abigailsbakery.com/bread-recipes/history-of-irish-soda-bread.htm
Irish Soda Bread
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups flour
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/3 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. raisins
- 1 egg yolk
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Cut the butter into the dry ingredients (except the baking soda)
- Combine the egg yolk, buttermilk, and baking soda and whisk together.
- Combine both wet and dry ingredients and knead into a dough.
- Form into six inch loaves and mark with an X
- Brush the loaves with an egg wash (1 egg yolk and 1 tsp water)
- Bake the loaves for 30-35 minutes
- Enjoy with butter or lemon curd!
I hope you enjoy your Irish Soda Bread, it definitely brings back memories of being home for me!
If you would like a little more of a walk through, you can also view this video. The recipe is a little different, but its a great visual! Enjoy!