Irish Soda Bread, for real!

Irish Soda Bread

by Amber on March 4, 2011

Alright, y’all. After my last post about Irish Soda Bread, and it’s non-authentic-ness, (I doubt that’s a word, but roll with me), I decided I should really get into this and make the real stuff, the stuff you’d find on a family’s table in Ireland.

Luckily, I won that mahusive amount of cheese and butter from KerryGold a few months back. Included in that giveaway was The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews. It’s a beautiful book, big enough and full of enough gorgeous photographs to grace a coffee table.

There are wonderful recipes throughout the book, and some things I will never ever make (like head cheese, which is not cheese at all *shudder*). However, you can be pretty sure that I’m going to make every single recipe in the bread and baking section of this tome.

Because I’d read the forward, I knew just how well researched this book is. Each recipe is truly authentic to Ireland. So when the recipe says that this is Irish Soda Bread (and there’s no raisins or icing in sight), I feel like I’m offering you the real thing here.

The bread is good. Rustic, nutty, and perfect with Irish butter and a bowl of Guinness Stew. I can see why it’s the regular “table” bread of Ireland. It’s also incredibly easy to make.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda March 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Super info and recipe!!!


Brian March 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM

It’s been years since I’ve had Irish soda bread (had an Irish roommate who made it once… but it was quite dry). This looks terrific! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day in a few weeks ;-)


Wenderly March 4, 2011 at 5:04 PM

That is one gorgeous bread! Happy (early) St. Patrick’s Day to you love!


Sylvie@GITK March 4, 2011 at 6:46 PM

That looks like a nice rustic bread to have with dinner or just by itself with a good pat of butter. I’ll have to give a shot for St. Patrick’s Day.


Tracy March 4, 2011 at 8:24 PM

This does sound incredibly easy! I bet this would be great with corned beef and cabbage too!


Mama Kelly aka Jia March 4, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I bet this would be delicious toasted with some real fresh butter to smear on top! YUM


Cheeky Chops March 5, 2011 at 3:50 AM

I have been meaning to make a gluten-free version of this since it avoids the use of yeast and this recipe has given me the inspiration!


Nancy @TSP March 5, 2011 at 8:35 AM

It looks wonderful and easy. Now do I make the real deal or the other one? Hmmm. Decisions.


blackbookkitchendiar March 6, 2011 at 3:42 AM

this looks so lovely:) i love how easy it is to put together. thank you for sharing this and have a great day.


DessertForTwo March 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Ok, now I have to try both versions to see which I like better :)


Tickled Red March 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I never ever get tired of Irish Soda bread :) May we be in the same city next St. Patty’s Day in order to kick up our heels and cause some mischief :) XOXO


Brenda @ afd March 7, 2011 at 10:20 PM

I love how beautiful that bread looks! It’s been so long since I’ve had some, makes me hungry for it…


Jen Schall March 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I love both versions of the soda bread that you posted! I’m always a fan of recipes that use whole wheat flour, so I’ll definitely give this one a try!


Kristen March 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Now this is what I call Irish Soda Bread. What a delicious looking loaf!


marla March 8, 2011 at 11:28 PM

The buttermilk & whole wheat in this bread must make it extra awesome!


Julia November 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I have a silly question….what type of pan do you bake this in…?


Amber November 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Julia, not a silly question. This bread dough is stout enough that you simply shape it into a round with your hands and bake it on a cookie sheet. It’ll keep the round shape as it bakes.


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