There is a little history - The original recipe is from the Will O'Glenn Irish Bed and Breakfast in Michigan with Mrs. Biddy Gahan sharing it. I can envision a woman in Ireland happily baking this tasty treat for her family early on St. Patrick's Day morning. :)
One year I was searching for such a bread recipe that contained no eggs and little sugar and found this recipe using "Google". It has now become a family favorite! In my family "it's all about the raisins"! Once in my haste I melted & cooled the Butter and then found it easier to mix into the dry ingredients - hence the change.
Irish Soda Bread
Oven: 400°F, then lowered to 375°F
Total baking time: 45 Minutes
1 and 1/2 Cups Raisins
1 Cup boiling Water
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1 stick Butter - I use unsalted.
2 and 1/2 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
5 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Cup Buttermilk, can be low fat/fat free
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Spray a 8" or 9 " Pyrex Pie Plate with PAM.
- In a small bowl combine Raisins and boiling Water. Let sit while preparing dough.
- Melt Butter. Cool.
- In larger bowl, combine Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder & Sugar.
- Add melted Butter to dry ingredients, stir in.
- Add Buttermilk, stir.
- Add drained Raisins, stir.
- Shape into a ball after placing dough into pie plate. Dough will be sticky.
- Bake 15 Minutes at 400°F.
- Lower oven to 375°F. Bake 30 Minutes longer.
- Remove the bread from pie plate and cool on rack.
- After cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
- Wait at least 5 hours before cutting into slices and eating.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!