Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick’s Day

What is a soda bread, that is quiet interesting story after I searched the web for more information. You can click this link and find out :  http://www.sodabread.inf

Probably meaning after reading, the basic soda bread is made only with flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk (or buttermilk). That’s it!  They’re not include the zest, Irish whisky, honey, sugar or any eggs……..!  It is incorrect to claim that these modern sugary recipes are the same as used by long long time ago in Ireland, a poor country at the time, to feed their families in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.  It was often the only bread available to most Irish families.  But nowadays Soda bread has become a dessert cake and the three-leaf shamrock has turned into a four-leaf clover.

Irish Traditional Soda BreadIt shocks some people to learn that St. Patrick wasn’t holding a slice of Irish Soda Bread in one hand while he drove the snakes out of Ireland with the other.  Soda bread came long after St. Patrick in the mid 1840’s when bicarbonate of soda (Bread Soda) as a leavening agent was used in Ireland to work with the “soft” wheat grown there.

The other shock to Irish-Americans is that their Irish ancestors who left Ireland during the Famine years did not bring a recipe for Irish Soda Bread with them.  Irish soda bread became popular in Ireland after the Famine years.  If your Irish ancestors had the good sense to leave Ireland for America during the Famine years, they never learned about making soda bread in Ireland.

And they have some traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipes:

But today, I like to make the modern one, the modify one to suit more people and my family’s taste.

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick’s Day

This recipe adapted from here.


  1.   4 cups or 500g of Plain flour
  2.   3 tbsp Light brown sugar
  3.   1 tsp  of Baking soda and Baking powder each
  4.   1 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  5.   1/2 stick or 56g of butter, cubed
  6.   1 Large egg
  7.   1 3/4 cup or 437.5ml of cold buttermilk,
  8.   2 tsp of Orange zest
  9.   1 cup or 150g of Raisins
Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread ~ St. Patrick’s Day


  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
  • With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
  • Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
  • Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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