Soda bread is a common commodity in every household on the Emerald Isle. So, whether you’re trying to channel Irish vibes from abroad or want to challenge your culinary prowess, this is an incredible Irish soda bread recipe that will impress anyone.
Ireland is known as ‘The Land of Saints and Scholars’, famous for its affection for traditional culture, live music, Celtic roots, majestic scenery, and pints of the black stuff (aka Guinness).
One added thing that often lacks credit, but is loved by locals, is Irish soda bread. Suppose you’re tempted to dust off the apron and try your hand at baking. In that case, this is an incredible Irish soda bread recipe bound to impress anyone.
The recipe – step-by-step instructions
Although there are endless incredible Irish soda bread recipes online and in cookbooks, we decided – after much deliberation – to go for this simple and straightforward recipe from AllRecipes.com.
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When searching for the ultimate, incredible Irish soda bread recipe, we simply could not resist this recipe that boasts over 1,200 reviews, and an overall 4.5-star rating.
While this recipe is presented with U.S. cup measurements, we’ve gone ahead and posted the conversion below for your convenience – these conversions were also taken from AllRecipes.com.
Aside from its undeniable success amongst AllRecipes’ foodie community, this recipe is insanely simple and suited for those who are new to the kitchen, as well as more experienced bakers!
Have a look at this step-by-step guide on how to make the most incredible Irish soda bread that will be a hit anywhere in Ireland with this recipe from AllRecipes.com.
Ingredients – everything you will need
Four cups all-purpose flour (500g)
Four tablespoons white sugar
One teaspoon baking soda
One tablespoon baking powder
Half teaspoon salt
Half cup margarine, softened
One cup buttermilk (250ml)
Quarter cup butter, melted (60ml)
Quarter cup buttermilk (60ml)
Method – the process
Preheat oven to 190°C degrees (375°F degrees). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margarine. Stir in one cup (250ml) of buttermilk and one egg.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly – form dough into a round and place on a prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter with a quarter cup (62.5ml) buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean, this should take 45 to 50 minutes.
Check after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.
Reception – a failsafe recipe
If this simple step-by-step guide hasn’t piqued your interest, here’s a handful of our favourite reviews from AllRecipes.com that may make your decision to bake this incredible Irish soda bread recipe that bit easier.
“Made this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. It was extremely easy to make and delicious. It was a huge hit with the family.”
@Karen Dalseth Bogan 5/5
“Very easy to make. This was my first attempt at Irish Soda Bread. I have never tried soda bread before, so I have nothing to compare the taste to. My mother-in-law loved it, so that says a lot.”
“LOVED IT! Was easy and amazing! My husband, who’s picky (and right off the boat from Dublin) loved it! The first loaf I added raisins too and the second loaf I made without. It was GREAT both ways. The raisin loaf needed to bake longer than the second. By about 15 min. Raisins=one hour and Plain=45 min. Brushing it with the buttermilk and butter was excellent. I would caution to only do so about three times, though. However, you will need more than a couple of tablespoons. ENJOY! We sure did!”
Serving suggestions – how to make it extra tasty
We suggest you enjoy this incredible Irish soda bread recipe straight from the oven with some Kerrygold Irish butter and jam, as well as, most importantly, a strong cup of tea! Barry’s, preferably.