Irish Soda Bread

Whether or not you're Irish, this classic quick bread recipe brings great taste into your kitchen.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 1

3
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons sugar
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/3
cup raisins, if desired
3/4
cup buttermilk

  • 1 Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease cookie sheet.
  • 2 Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in raisins and just enough buttermilk so dough leaves side of bowl.
  • 3 Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.
  • 4 Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter or margarine, softened, if desired.

Expert Tips

Why the "X" on top of Irish soda bread? Legend tells us that this cross is meant to scare away evil spirits. Spooky!

Use the "whack" method to soften butter and margarine: Give each side of the chilled stick a good "whack" with a rolling pin.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
25 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 g
3 %
(Saturated Fat
2 g,
2 %
),
Cholesterol
10 mg
10 %;
Sodium
240 mg
240 %;
Total Carbohydrate
19 g
19 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
3 g
3 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.