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Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 8

You can’t celebrate Saint Patty’s Day without enjoying a loaf of Irish soda bread! True to its name, this recipe calls for baking soda, rather than yeast, to help the dough rise. A few years ago my daughter got this recipe from her hubby’s aunt; it’s the same family recipe that has been passed down since their ancestors began preparing it in Ireland. Although it’s already delicious as is, I made a few slight changes to her recipe. For example, I combined two different kinds of flour to make the bread a little softer. I baked it in a bread loaf pan because I love the presentation and it’s much easier to cut in uniform slices. If you want, you can drizzle melted butter over the top of the loaf while still hot and fresh from the oven. It adds even more flavor and shine to the loaf. Try baking this delicious bread for yourself, and if there are any leftovers, cut into fine slices and re-heat in the oven until each piece is nice and toasty. Later, you can serve the toasted slices with butter and a little jam. Delicious! MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup cake flour
3
tablespoons sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
cup chopped prunes
1
cup buttermilk*

Directions

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  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease a bread loaf pan.
  • 2
    In a bowl, combine the 2 flours, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder. Mix with a whisk. Incorporate the chopped redcurrants and stir until evenly coated in flour.
  • 3
    Add the buttermilk and use a spatula to moisten all dry ingredients. Pour the dough in the pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  • 4
    Let cool for a few minutes. Cut in slices and serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • *If you don’t have buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk at room temperature with a tablespoon of vinegar. Let rest for about 10 minutes until the milk is slightly acidic and has thickened.
  • Try adding a teaspoon of toasted caraway seeds to the dough.
  • Swap out the prunes for raisins.
  • Enjoy this bread fresh the same day you prepare it.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe

  • You can’t celebrate Saint Patty’s Day without enjoying a loaf of Irish soda bread! True to its name, this recipe calls for baking soda, rather than yeast, to help the dough rise. A few years ago my daughter got this recipe from her hubby’s aunt; it’s the same family recipe that has been passed down since their ancestors began preparing it in Ireland. Although it’s already delicious as is, I made a few slight changes to her recipe. For example, I combined two different kinds of flour to make the bread a little softer. I baked it in a bread loaf pan because I love the presentation and it’s much easier to cut in uniform slices. If you want, you can drizzle melted butter over the top of the loaf while still hot and fresh from the oven. It adds even more flavor and shine to the loaf. Try baking this delicious bread for yourself, and if there are any leftovers, cut into fine slices and re-heat in the oven until each piece is nice and toasty. Later, you can serve the toasted slices with butter and a little jam. Delicious!

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