Grandma’s Authentic Irish Soda Bread Recipe
One of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to bake some authentic Irish Soda Bread!
Here is a relatively simple but totally authentic Irish Soda Bread recipe. I love it toasted with some butter spread over the slice. It’s just delicious!
I didn’t know my grandmother, she passed away before I was born, but I know her Irish Soda Bread recipe. My mother started making it quite a bit within the last 15 years and it’s a truly great recipe.
It’s wonderful to know that a family recipe can keep a memory alive or let a grandchild, me, imagine the grandmother that she never met baking in a little New York City apartment kitchen. It’s made with simple pantry ingredients so it doesn’t take a huge grocery haul to get it done.
My grandmother is the daughter of Irish immigrants, my son’s middle name is Cavan – the town where my immigrant great-grandfather was born. We love keeping traditions alive by baking this bread. You can eat it for a week, toasting it up and adding butter (real butter!!).
This heritage is important to my family, particularly my mother, and food, this recipe, is her way of keeping it with us. Recipes tend to live on through the women in a family and this one will live on in ours. I will bake it with my daughter on St. Patrick’s Day and remind my children about their history from Ireland to New York and now in Kentucky. Enjoy this wonderful authentic Irish Soda Bread Recipe!
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup raisins (I use more)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pint of sour cream
3 eggs & some milk
Mix all dry ingredients together then add eggs and sour cream
Gradually add a very small amount of milk until the batter is wet but tacky. You might not need milk.
For the pan, my mother uses a large springform pan. Grandmother Alice used to bake it in a cast iron skillet in the oven. Take your pick!
Grease the pan and bake at 350 for approx. 40 to 45 minutes. Check center of bread with knife or toothpick. If knife comes out clean, it is done. Spread a pat of butter over top of bread while hot. Wrap in terry towel while hot and let cool on the counter.
Serve warm or toasted with your favorite spread – salted butter is perfect.
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
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