Happy March and happy 17 days until St. Patrick’s Day! The Southern Sisters will be posting a few classic Irish recipes this month to get in the spirit for this festive holiday. Keep checking back for more!
Irish soda bread is a delicious quick bread and can be tailored to your tastes. In case you were wondering, there is not a drop of Coca-Cola or Sprite in this bread! The “soda” refers to baking soda and when mixed with buttermilk is what gives the bread its rise instead of the traditional yeast alternative. Irish soda bread originates from poor, Irish country in the 1800s and uses the most basic ingredients as its base. Spiced up with raisins and nuts make this the perfect bread for any occasion!
Note: According to Irish tradition, a cross was always cut into the top of the bread to keep the devil away!
2 cups flour
2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. golden raisins, brown raisins, or currants
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
3 T. shortening
3 T. butter
2 t. carraway seeds
1 c. buttermilk
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add raisins and nuts and toss. Cut in butter and shortening using a pastry blender, two knives, or a food processor until combined and butter/shortening pieces are no bigger than pea-sized. Slowly add buttermilk until mixture is soft and holds together (you may not need the whole cup). Turn dough out onto floured cutting board and knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Form into a round loaf and cut a cross into the top. Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for approx. 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Watch Ginny make Irish Soda Bread below!