Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Irish Soda Bread

One more week of winter and we've had our first, almost-measurable, snow.  There is more snow in the forecast for today and tomorrow.  The bad weather didn't stop the dying of the Chicago River green a few days ago.  I never quite understand why they don't do that on St. Patrick's actual day.  I'm not doing corned beef and cabbage as we have plans to eat out.  I am baking Irish Soda bread.  I've combined a few recipes to come close to my grandmother's delicious loaf.  This is part Ina Garten and part Nanny's.  It is wholly delicious slathered with a little butter and a little jam with a steaming mug of coffee (or tea).

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all whether you are Irish or not!!

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour, plus extra for raisins and candied orange peel
5 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup candied orange peel
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

1.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Combine on low speed for 30 seconds.  Scatter the butter in and mix, on low speed, until the butter is crumbled into the flour.
2.  In another bowl, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg and orange zest together.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture for about 1 minute or until flour is incorporated.  Combine the raisins and candied orange peel with one tablespoon of flour and then mix into the dough.  The dough will be very wet and sticky.
3.  Liberally flour a wooden board and scrape the dough out onto the board.  Using well-floured hands (I used a dough scraper too), knead the dough a few times and form into a rough, round loaf.  Place the loaf onto the prepared sheet pan and cut an X into the top (not easy with the soft dough--I ended up cutting a rough X with kitchen scissors).  Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  The loaf should sound hollow when tapped.
4.  Cool on a rack.  Delicious served warm or at room temperature.



  1. OK so where do I find Irish Soda? LOL LOL... I would love this since I am addicted to all things bread whether Irish or not

    1. You can find Irish soda in Ireland. Have a great trip!!


  2. Sounds delicious. I like a soda bread that has the addition of raisins or currents. I've never had it with candied orange peel.... That is a home run!!

  3. I am so glad to see you! How I wish we could meet again for a visit! The soda bread looks divine. Virginia was declared an emergency, and yesterday they called in the National Guard. Thankfully, I don't think we even got an inch! The weather people have a lot of 'splaining to do. Not that I am unhappy!!

  4. I have not made my Irish Soda Bread as yet--must work on that tomorrow! Your recipe sounds wonderful, Bonnie, with the addition of some orange zest. I am roasting my corned beef and veggies this year instead of boiling them. I did that last year and loved how good it taste@ happy St Patrick's Day!

  5. It looks good. I have wondered too about the Chicago River--maybe in anticipation. I thought our snow last Sunday might have had a green tinge to it due to all the pollen, but it didn't stay around long enough to determine that.

  6. I've never made soda bread and am slacking in the Irish department this year :) Yours looks great!

  7. We missed our Irish Soda Bread this year... the no bread thing made me miss this tradition. I'm remembering your recipe for possible future enjoyment! Also missed out on our corned beef and cabbage. I DID wear green. LOL! That was my only "usual" for this St. Patrick's. Hope you are having a wonderful week, Bonnie. Thank you for the new Soda Bread recipe! blessings and hugs ~ tanna


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