Traditional Irish Soda Bread
by , July 24, 2017
Irish soda bread is a classic bread to serve with a St. Patrick's Day feast of lamb stew or corned beef and cabbage. It's a great breakfast bread, too. Fill it with currants, dried blueberries, raisins, or dried cranberries.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- Heat oven to 375 F.
- Grease and flour a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. It may also be baked in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.
- In a food processor or using a spoon and pastry blender, combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, soda, and cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk sour cream and egg together; stir in the dry mixture and blend just until moistened.
- Carefully fold in the currants or raisins.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared pan.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes; turn out onto a rack.
- If desired, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon-sugar blend. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes About 10 Servings