Irish Soda Bread is a long standing tradition in many Irish families. There seems to be quite a debate over whether the bread should take on a sweet or savory flavor.
In this family recipe submitted to Oat&Sesame by the Lowery clan from the Chicago suburbs, the emphasis is subtlety sweet. The family has made this very same recipe for many generations and the tradition continues.
Every year their kitchen is piled high with loaves of this bread. The comforting smell of warm raisins and buttermilk baking is not only symbolic of their Irish traditions, but of a much larger sentiment – sharing the joys of life with family and friends.
- 3 cups sifted flour
- ⅔ cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups raisins (soak raisins in warm water till plump and drain)
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1¼ cup buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons Kerry Gold butter melted
- Grease (Crisco shortening) and flour two medium loaf pans.
- Heat oven to 350
- Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- Stir in raisins.
- Mix eggs and buttermilk together, add to flour mixture, stir with fork till blended together, stir in melted butter.
- Mix till sticky dough forms.
- Divide evenly into loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.