Brown Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Soda bread is one of the better known foods of Ireland. It is popular in both Northern Ireland and the Republic and makes for a tasty introduction to Irish cuisine. It was first baked in Ireland in the mid 19th century when baking soda was introduced and became popular in Ireland. Soda bread is different from other kinds of bread in that it uses soda (known officially as sodium bicarbonate) instead of yeast to leaven the bread. Below is a recipe that we hope you will enjoy.

A Note About Terms

Soda bread can be made either with white flower or a combination of white and brown in proportions that you can choose. In Northern Ireland if the soda bread has brown flower it is normally called wheaten bread. It is usually sweetened and eaten with jam. By “soda bread” they might refer to soda farls which are flat and usually fried and savory. So what we describe below would be called “soda bread” by some and “wheaten bread” by others.

Irish Soda Brad Recipe – Ingredients

3 Cups of Plain White Flour

1 Cup of Brown Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

4 Tablespoons of Sugar

¼ Cup Butter

2 Cups Buttermilk

1 Egg

1 Cup Raisins

Irish Soda Bread Recipe – Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan. Combine the brown and white flour, baking soda, butter, salt, raisins and sugar. Then combine separately the egg and the buttermilk, beat them lightly and add them to the flour mixture. Mix everything together well and add them to the greased pan. Put the pan in the pre-heated oven and bake for 55-65 minutes. Once it is ready, take it out and let it cool on a rack. Your brown Irish soda bread is ready.

How to Serve

You can serve slightly warm or wait until it cools. A good way to enjoy it is to serve it with warm tea on a cold winter day. Butter each slice well and add strawberry jam or another fruit jam or marmalade. Enjoy!

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