Is there anything better than taking a bite into a warm slice of fresh bread right out of the oven? I don’t think so. This morning my daughter reminded me she needed to bring sugar and shortening to school for a class project. Her awesome teacher (Hi, Mrs. Paden!) divided the class into small groups where students would each contribute small amounts of ingredients to make Irish soda bread. Groups then decided on variations and adaptations according to their choosing.
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I wanted to share my version of this popular quick bread. Slightly sweet and speckled with raisins, this bread can be made fairly quickly. In just over 60 minutes you, too, can also enjoy a warm slice of bread right out of the oven.
This is the type of bread baking project I would encourage you to make with your child. Kids of all ages can help add ingredients and stir the dough. With the bread as a tasty reward, teaching your kids how to bake in the kitchen is a life skill they will appreciate having as they grow older. Enjoy!
Recipe: Irish Soda Bread Recipe
A delicious Irish Bread recipe with a touch of sweetness. Partially made with whole wheat flour and raisins, this Irish Soda Bread is so good right out of the oven but also makes a great snack once it's cooled.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 cups buttermilk (*easy buttermilk recipe can be found on Savory Sweet Life)
- 4 tablespoons melted butter plus a little more for greasing the loaf pan
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Sift the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the raisins.
- In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, butter, and egg.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.
- Stir everything with a spatula or wooden spoon until the dough resembles a wet and sticky but evenly mixed dough.
- Generously grease a 9x5 loaf pan with butter.
- Scraping down the large bowl, transfer the dough into the loaf pan.
- Bake the bread for 60 minutes until the bread is a nice and golden brown, like honey. The loaf should be firm to the touch.
- Allow the bread to rest for 10 minutes before removing from its pan.
- Allow the bread to cool down to room temperature or serve warm. *Note: Texture and taste will be slightly different once the bread has had time to completely cool.