Make St. Patrick’s Day special with this Irish Soda Bread for dessert. Does the thought of making a homemade bread scare you? No worries, Irish Soda Bread does not involve yeast, so it is hard to ruin it.
If you make an Irish Dinner for St. Patrick’s Day, then you need to serve up a loaf of Irish Soda Bread. Does the thought of making a homemade bread scare you? No worries, Irish Soda Bread does not involve yeast, so it is hard to ruin it. If you can make a banana bread, you should be successful in making this easy Irish Soda Bread recipe for your little leprechauns at home.
The dough is simple; just flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and butter.
Using a fork or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the batter so it is a little crumbly.
Add your buttermilk and egg mixture and mix until the batter is just damp.
Fold in your dried fruit. I was able to find currants at my grocery store, but you can substitute raisins or craisins. I decided to mix currants and dried cranberries for a fun flavor.
Transfer your dough to a floured surface and knead the bread for one minute, collecting any run away currants.
Mold the dough into a round circle about an inch and a half thick.
Then using a knife, cut two slits down the middle of the dough, about 1/4 inch into the dough.
Brush the dough with an egg wash and bake.
I had to cook mine a little longer than this recipe calls for; just test the middle to see if a toothpick comes out clean.
I think Irish Soda Bread is so pretty and the egg wash on the bread creates a shiny brown loaf.
If you have enough self control, allow the bread to cool, then slice.
I just love the mixture of the currants and craisins in this loaf!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ⅓ cup craisins
- ⅔ cup currants
- (or use raisins)
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in butter until crumbly.
- In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and buttermilk. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened.
- Fold in currants and craisins if using.
- Knead dough on a floured surface for 1 minute, collecting any lost dried fruit. Shape into a round loaf; place on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Cut a ¼" deep cross in top of loaf. Beat remaining egg; brush a thin layer over the loaf.
- Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, testing the middle with a toothpick.
Even if you are just Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, you are sure to enjoy this Irish Soda Bread with some Corned Beef Hash or a pint of Guiness. We hope you love this Irish Soda Bread recipe from SoFabFood Contributor, Maria from Close to Home, as much as we do. If you liked this dessert, be sure to stop by our desserts section for even more like it. For more recipe inspiration, visit us on Pinterest because we have a lot of fantastic dessert recipes there too. Enjoy!