Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

| 3/18/2015 12:00:00 PM

Erin SheehanWith all the baking I do and being a bit Irish (can you guess by my name?), you would think that I’d have made Irish Soda Bread before, but no. Last Saturday was my first attempt. I would have searched through my grandmother’s cookbook to find her recipe but it is already packed deep in a box for our move, so I had to rely on the Internet. I combined a couple of recipes and came up with the recipe below.

Irish Soda Bread, fresh from the oven.

The bread was delicious for the first day and a half, but after that it dried out. We used it for French toast last night for dinner, which was great!

Irish Soda Bread
Yields 1 large loaf.

3 cups white all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk (add 1 tablespoon vinegar to a scant cup almond, soy or cow’s milk)
1 egg
1/3 cup raisins
Few additional tablespoons of milk (plant-based or dairy)

Mix together the flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl or in your KitchenAid mixer.