Monday, March 11, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

I had an Irish Grandma, so I had Irish Soda Bread many times in my early childhood and what wonderful memories this post brought back for me. This recipe is very much like the one that my Grandma made, just a real rustic bread with fabulous flavor. My Grandma always made the bread in this very same iron skillet that I am fortunate enough to have, so today's Irish Soda Bread is made in my Irish Grandma's iron skillet (now mine).  

Irish Soda Bread


Irish Soda Bread
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
4 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Directions
In a large mixing bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt
Blend the butter into the dry mixture, until it has been fully blended
Make a well in the center of the dry and butter mix then add the buttermilk
Gradually mix the buttermilk into the dry mix, mix well
Turn the dough out on a floured dough board and knead until a uniform ball can be formed
This is a very wet dough, so don't expect it to render like a yeast dough, remember it is rustic
Place the dough ball in a well oiled iron or heavy skillet and score the top of the dough
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes then cover the bread with foil and continue to cook for 15 more minutes so that the center will be fully cooked
Remove from skillet immediately so the bottom won't burn
It is delicious served warm, enjoy!


Ready For The Oven


Can't Wait To Have A Slice of This Bread


Ready To Slice


Serving with myGrandma's Irish Stew


I sure am glad that you were able to stop by today and share this awesome bread with us.  Hope you have a fantastic day and come back to see me real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen


34 comments:

  1. Your soda bread looks lovely...perfect with a hearty bowl of stew and just in time for the "wearin' of the green"!

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  2. Perfect! I actually love that this soda bread doesn't have the caraway seeds. I might be able to make this before St Patrick's Day with a nice stew. Yum, as always!

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  3. that looks amazing I don't have a cast iron pan but have made it another way. Need to get baking for this year.

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  4. I don't think I've ever had Irish Soda Bread. Looks delish.

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  5. Wow! That looks UTTERLY scrumptious! I would like to rip on a nice, big piece! I have never had Irish Soda Bread before!

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  6. It turned out gorgeous! I love baking bread, I need to give this one a try, plus I love that you made it in your cast iron, one more thing I can use mine for :)

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  7. This looks fabulous - I have never made Irish soda bread.

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  8. I love Irish soda bread.....although I've never baked it in a skillet...I'll have to try that this week!

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  9. Mmmmm, this recipe is both tempting and timely. I can almost taste it with the weekend's corned beef and cabbage.

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  10. I love March for all of the delicious Irish fare, Irish soda bread being at the top of that list! This is a different recipe than I usually make, and I totally want to try it out!! Awesome selection!

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  11. I love soda bread!! Wonderful with the hearty Irish stew.

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  12. I make the sweeter kind to have with tea. Raisins and caraway. I know my Nana used to make it like yours. I was told that was because in Ireland they were poor, and raisins etc were a luxury they didn't have.
    My Irish born bil make Barmbrack.
    I am going to try that this year.
    I already did a trial run on a new corned beef recipe. I wanted to make sure we liked it before I gave it to my dinner gusts. We did! :)

    Happy St. Pat's! 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl Wed night at 7 at my place. Come over and link up...anything Irish is welcome!

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  13. That looks like perfect soda bread! I've made soda bread that I didn't love, but don't remember it having buttermilk, maybe that's the trick.

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  14. Yum! I've been looking for a good Irish Soda Bread recipe to make for St. Patty's day, that didn't include raisins. Your's looks perfect!

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  15. I've never eaten Irish-soda-bread, and I'm super curious now. It really looks GOOD

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  16. Perfect combo for St.Patrick's Day! I see you love your cast-iron pans as much as I!

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  17. Your soda bread looks delicious. What a great idea to bake it in a cast iron skillet. Next time I'm going to try it.

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  18. Your bread looks gorgeous, I'm glad you have that skillet:@)

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  19. Will try your recipe. Thanks! Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

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  20. Mmmm, soda bread and Irish stew!! Save some for me. I'll be over in a jiffy!!

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  21. I've always wanted to try this. I have the iron skillet!! Now I need some buttermilk. Looks great!

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  22. Stopping by from Simply Sweet Home, thanks for sharing!

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  23. Your bread looks so tempting! Since your grandma was Irish, I'll trust your judgement on recipes, and give this one a try. I love baking quick breads!

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  24. Miz Helen, your Irish Soda Bread looks so good. I've been wanting to find the best recipe for it, and it looks like I've found it. And you know that I LOVE that you baked it in your Grandmother's iron skillet!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Joy @ Yesterfood.blogspot.com

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  25. Your bread looks delicious...and it doesn't have those dreaded raisins!

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  26. Beautiful bread Helen!! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

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  27. This recipe looks fantastic! I am a BREAD-A-HOLIC if that is a true thing- and we make all of our own bread so a recipe that is out of our ordinary is a welcomed thing! Thanks for stopping into the linky party at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com. I am hosting a blog hop on Monday if you get a chance to swing back by!

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  28. I made this and it turned out delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight last week. I hope you come by today to share more of your awesome creations!

    http://angelshomestead.com/

    April

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  29. How wonderful to have your grandmother's pan. I am going to make your recipe. I was looking for a plain soda bread in the grocery store and could only find ones with raisins which was not good for the dish I was planning on serving it with. Thanks.

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  30. Great looking bread and stew! How fun to have a family recipe to share. I'll be adding your soda bread to our recipes to try file!

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  31. Had to tell you that I made your grandma's Irish Soda Bread this weekend, and everyone LOVED it. I've tried several recipes, but this one is by far the favorite. Even the family that never liked Irish soda bread loves it! This will be my only soda bread recipe from now on. Many thanks!

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    1. Happy St. Patrick's Day Debbie!
      I am so happy that your family loved the Soda Bread, hope that you can enjoy it for many years to come. Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!
      Miz Helen

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