This bread is really good. I had never made Irish soda bread before. In fact, I had never tasted it either. But in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I made a loaf. And in doing so I realized two very important things. Number one being that it’s the easiest bread I’ve ever made before. And number two, it’s completely delicious. It requires no yeast, no rising and no kneading. This particular recipe is slightly sweet. So even if you’re not Irish and have no intention at all of celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, I recommend making this loaf anyway. It’s a wonderful breakfast treat with a cup of hot coffee!
Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
Yields 1 loaf
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 6 tablespoons fine baking sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup jumbo raisins
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 7-inch-diameter cake pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in the butter until is mixed in. Add buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon, stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.
Using floured hands, shape dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake bread until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool bread in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and serve.