Don’t have time to spend hours on a loaf of homemade bread? That’s ok! Here’s an Irish soda bread recipe that’s quick and simple, and bound to impress.
- 1 & 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 4 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for your hands and work surface)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 & 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk the buttermilk and egg together in a small bowl and set aside. Mix the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender, two forks/knives, or your fingers. Work the dough into coarse crumbs, then fold in the raisins.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Gently fold the dough together until combined. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can. Knead in the bowl for about 30 seconds or until all the flour is moistened. Dough will be sticky, but if it is absolutely too sticky, add a little more flour as needed. Do not over-knead.
- Transfer the dough to prepared pan. Using a lightly buttered serrated knife, score an X on the top. Bake until the bread is golden brown and center appears cooked through, about 45 minutes.
- Remove pan from the oven and allow bread to cool for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack.