St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a day filled with friends and family, Irish tunes, Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and perhaps an Irish jig or two. So many great things, but the day is not complete without some Irish soda bread! Growing up, my mom always made a few big batches of Irish soda bread to share. This is a tradition that goes back four generations to my great-grandmother who was born in Ireland…or so the legend goes. I love how traditions can be carried on through cooking and I know this recipe will be passed on for generations to come.
Irish soda bread is hearty, but not super sweet. It has a beautiful golden brown crust with a tender inside. Although this is a dense bread, the dough is fragile and overworking it will result in a rough texture.
Whenever I make Irish soda bread, I always ask myself why I only make it once a year. It’s so easy and so delicious. I suggest serving it warm with a spread of butter.
- 9 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons baking soda
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 and ¼ cups buttermilk
- 6 Eggs
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- Raisins as desired, I used about 3 cups
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk eggs. Add buttermilk and mix until combined.
- Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
- Create a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in egg-buttermilk mixture and stir until combined.
- Add the butter when mixing starts to get difficult. Do not over mix.
- Fold in raisins.
- Distribute evenly between 3 greased and floured loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until golden brown and a butter knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Cool on wire rack.