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Hearty Irish soda bread is easy to make. It's welcome any time of year but is essential on St. Patrick's Day.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2009



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  • WmRichmond
    9 MAR, 2009
    I pre-tested this recipe before my upcoming St. Patrick's Day dinner. I couldn't find unprocessed wheat bran. What would be a substitute?
    • atmaioli2690464
      7 MAY, 2018
      flour, oats, or flax meal
  • atmaioli2690464
    7 MAY, 2018
    Adjustments: Replaced whole milk with 1% milk; used half the amount of course salt (pink Himalayan), used an extra teaspoon of butter because the milk was 1% and not whole, and replaced the wheat bran with flax meal, all else the same. We ate the bread after it cooled for 20 minutes. We thought it was tasty with nice texture. My last experience with Irish Soda Bread was in my grandparents kitchen in the early 1980s-it was always on the dry side back then, but I was eating it 2 days old. This one I thought tasted great and can't wait to make it again.
  • jennynib
    9 MAR, 2013
    My Gran would probably say that was 'a bit fancy' for proper soda! Here's the family ressup: 1lb plain flour 1 tsp soda 1 tspn salt 1 tsp sugar buttermilk Mix the dry with your hands (no spoons! good bread goes straight to the heart and a mother always holds her family's hearts in her hands) add enough buttermilk to make a soft, not overly mixed dough. Knead gently into a rough round and mark a cross on top (Give us this day our daily bread). Bake 15 mins at 230C and 30 mins at 200C. Sláinte!!
    • vkondorhotmail
      3 FEB, 2018
      Historical first time of making Irish bread, thanks for the authentic insights!
  • DeboraHarv614
    14 MAR, 2012
    "The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread at points out strenuously that real soda bread was plain day-to-day food and had no embellishments at all... Common variations of soda bread containing sugar, butter or anyfat, eggs or dried fruit, they say, do not qualify as soda bread but are more properly referred to as fruit bread, spotted dog or railway cake." My Irish Grandmother loved real soda bread.. no embellishments.. slathered in butter.
  • k81monte
    8 MAR, 2012
    You can use any acid, like lemon juice to thicken milk. I always use buttermilk because that's what my family in Accony, Co Mayo always do. And omit the bran- totally not authentic. My mam likes carroway seeds; I do not. The "X" in the soda bread allows for expansion while baking but, of course, is not an X. but a cross, because the cross will keep the Devil away. Back on the auld sod, raisins were not always easy or cheap to come by so often this bread was made with none at all.
  • MS12540329
    10 MAR, 2011
    I, too, have been making soda bread with buttermilk for many years. I use vegetable oil instead of butter. Always comes out great, and I love it with caraway and raisins.
  • katymorag
    3 MAR, 2011
    Been making Soda Bread for 30 years. No butter or raisins. Also buttermilk is used. Raisins are added to give variety but not on a daily basis. The cider vinegar added to the milk is a substitute for buttermilk. Soda Bread can be served with crispy rashers of Bacon and that is delicious. Katy Morag
  • MarthaandMeBlogger
    12 OCT, 2010
    I really liked this. It's very different from my family recipe, but I love how it is sort of humbler and more peasant like. You can see my results here:
  • Ijustlovetosew
    11 MAR, 2010
    I would love to have irlandaca's recipe for Irish soda bread. Can we send emails to each other?
  • irlandaca
    10 MAR, 2010
    :( Irish soda bread has absolutey no butter in it, and no baking powder either. The caraway seeds and the raisins were used only very sparingly as a treat, but they are not traditional either...

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