Monday Menus: Irish Soda Bread

Hello R.S. sisters! This is my first posting on the sight.

This recipe came from our neighbors who are first generation Irish. I was teaching a YW lesson on culture and traditions and asked for their help since I don’t have many interesting traditions in my own family (yet). They shared their simple recipe for Irish Soda Bread that they bring to all their family gatherings and have around the holidays. It’s not only delicious, but there isn’t anything you need to go to the store to buy to make it other than its few staple ingredients. Hope you enjoy! For all of you YW mothers, please share this with your daughters as I never did get around to sharing the recipe with them. Enjoy!

Irish Soda Bread


3 C Flour

3 Tbsp Sugar

2  1/4 tsp Baking Powder

3/4 tsp Baking Soda

3 Tbsp butter

1  1/2 C Buttermilk or water (Buttermilk is my preference)

1/2 C Craisins, Walnuts, and/or raisins (optional)

Mix sugar, butter and buttermilk (or water). Gradually mix in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Knead until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Bring dough to a floured surface and continue kneading until forming a nice, round ball. Place into a greased round cake pan (or comparable pan). Take knife and cut the surface of the dough in fours, making a cross (this has significant meaning to Irish Catholics). Bake at 350 degrees foe 1 hour.


-Marie Hammill


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