Irish Soda Bread

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A to Z Challenge (Letter I): Irish


One day, five years ago (*sniff*), I got my federal tax return money. I also saw a round-trip flight to Ireland for 400$. Being on the west coast of the US, this is a damn good price for Europe. So I bought it.

No one wanted to join me.

So I traveled to Ireland on my first international flight ever. Got my rental car, hopped on the side that I’m not used to driving on, and proceeded to get terribly lost around Dublin (because I didn’t have the extra funds for GPS, and my cell didn’t work internationally). I eventually found my hotel, and then spent the rest of the week driving around that great country. I loved every minute of it [even the minutes I spent mostly lost in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway].

I also ate a lot of bread and butter because I sorta spent all my money on the flight, hotels, and the rental car. Bonus: I’m now a bit of an expert on Irish bread.

Irish Soda Bread

(With Bread Machine)

Special Tools: Bread machine

In your bread machine on the “French Bread” setting add:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk (alternate: 1 Cup Milk + 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, set for five mins)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp honey (alternate: 1 tbsp sugar)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Click Start and walk away.

I typically make mine without these, but here are some optional variations.

  • 1 tbsp carway seeds or
  • 1/2 cup raisins (golden are good)

Eat with SALTED butter, like Kerrygold.

(Without Bread Machine)

Special Tools: Hand or stand mixer

Okay… okay, you don’t have a bread machine. Preheat your oven to 375 F

In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (If you have a stand mixer, you can place them there)

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Using a hand blender on low, slowly beat in

  • 1 Cup Buttermilk (alternate: 1 Cup Milk + 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, set for five mins)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp honey (alternate: 1 tbsp sugar)

Knead a few times and shape into a round blob, and place on a floured pan and cook for 50 minutes

Eat with SALTED butter, like Kerrygold.

I typically make mine without these, but here are some optional variations.

  • 1 tbsp carway seeds or
  • 1/2 cup raisins (golden are good)

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5 thoughts on “Irish Soda Bread

  1. That is a crazy good flight price! I would have joined you in a heartbeat… you need to share your secret low airfare dealer… haha. Flights to Japan are ALWAYS at or above $1,100US for a roundtrip. 😥

    And mmm~ bread. A friend just gave me a recipe for genmai bread, which I also want to try baking… so I guess I need to get a bread machine, haha. (Not that it’s required for this one!)

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    1. I’ve seen round to Japan for less than 1k, but depends on where you’re flying I think, but I live on the west coast. Aer Lingus for Ireland! Sign up for travel alerts on Kayak for if flights occur under X price. I’ve even seen flights to Chennai for 800$

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