Irish Soda Bread is an amazing bread and easy to make! Perfect for any meal. I always make this on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate my Irish roots with our St Patrick’s Day dinner. Everyone loves the addition of sugar to this bread recipe and it can be made with or without the raisins.
Irish Soda Bread
- 3-1/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
- 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup currants or raisins, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
- Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add buttermilk and currants; mix just until moistened.
- Place dough on floured surface; knead 10 times.
- Shape into round loaf, 2-1/2 inches thick.
- Place on greased baking sheet.
- Cut deep 1/2-inch "X" in top of dough.
- Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar.
- BAKE 1 hour or until golden brown.
- Cool completely on wire rack.
- Cut into 16 wedges to serve.