What would St Patrick’s Day be without a traditional loaf of Irish Soda bread. And today is a good reason to bake up a loaf even if you aren’t Irish. It is just perfect with a cup of tea and yet hearty enough to serve along side a meaty entrée.
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An advantage of quick breads is their ability to be prepared quickly, without requiring the time and temperature control needed for traditional yeast breads.
How to make Irish Soda Bread
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour (reserving the extra), sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds.
Whisk well to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients.
In a smaller bowl, blend together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream. You will want to use a bigger bowl than I did 😉
Blended wet ingredients.
Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir just until blended.
Heavens, I almost forgot to add the raisins!
Stir just until all dry ingredients are moistened being careful not to over mix.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Dust with the remaining flour.
Dip a knife in flour and make an X mark into the top. Batter will be sticky.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cups flour, plus 1-2 tsp. extra
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup regular raisins
- 1 Tbs. caraway seeds (optional but recommended)
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour (reserving the extra), sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds.
- In a smaller bowl, blend together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir just until blended. Spoon into the prepared pan. Dust with the remaining flour. Dip a knife in flour and make an X mark into the top.
- Bake about 60 minutes, until a blade inserted comes out clean.
- When cool, slice into wedges to serve.
Blend some softened butter with honey to taste and serve as a spread.
For a single serving, I blended 1 tablespoon softened butter with ½ tsp honey.
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Below is a beautiful version of a popular hymn sung by Michael Ball
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Be Thou My Vision hymn
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The Lucky Wife says
Love this blog, love hymns! It's always good to find a new sister in the Lord.
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Happier Than a Pig in Mud says
Very nice, what a beautiful bread-enjoy:@)
Michelle Palmer says
Oh My does that look yummy!
Thanks so much for sharing…
Hope you have a great week!
Snippety Gibbet says
Oooooooooooooooh that Irish soda bread looks devine! Sure wish I hadn’t given up white flour for lent. Argh.
That soda bread looks fantastic. I’m going to copy down that recipe, not long till St Patrick’s day!
Thanks for the history behind that hymn. I find the words of the old hymns so thought-provoking, which is unfortunately something often missing from modern choruses. I think it’s really important to worship using a variety of styles of music, otherwise we become all heart and no head, or the other way round!
Miss Jen says
Be Thou My Vision is one of my absolute favorite hymns….. the words are indeed so rich and the tune is just beautiful! 😉 Oh and your Irish soda bread looks absolutely scrumptious…. I can’t wait to make it. Hope you had a very sweet Sunday, dear friend!
Thank you for the lyrics. I love this hymn!
Walking on Sunshine... says
What a beautiful hymn! The words are so true! Thanks for sharing the video but more importantly writing out the words for us!
That recipe looks so yummy. My sister is dating an Irish guy. Maybe I should make some of this the next time we have them over.
crochet lady says
Thanks for the Irish Soda Bread recipe. I have always wanted to make some but never have. I’ll think I’ll give it a shot this week.
That hymn is most favorite. Nice to hear a little of the history behind it and it’s Irish heritage.