As the name suggests, Irish soda bread is a traditional bread originating in Ireland in the 1800s. It is a fairly dense bread, and if you have never tried it, think of it as a cross between a scone or tea biscuit and a muffin, though it is not very sweet, which makes it a satisfying addition to any meal or breakfast. There are many variations on the traditional recipe, and some bakers add raisins, caraway seeds and even whiskey.
I've tried a few variations of Irish soda bread in the past, and this is my version of a traditional recipe. I decided not to use raisins as they make for a sweeter bread (though the bread is very tasty with raisins), and you can omit the egg and baking powder if desired if you want a bread that is closer to the original version. Increase the baking soda to 2 teaspoons if you omit the baking powder and use a little less flour is you choose to add raisins or if you omit the egg.
|Irish Soda Bread|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on April 5, 2007
A take on a traditional soda bread — a dense, comforting and delicious quick bread for serving with meals or with butter or jam