Yup, that’s right, My Most Popular Blue Ribbon Irish Soda Bread! It is my most requested family bread. It is a super easy and authentic bread recipe that my family has enjoyed for generations! I have received numerous blue ribbons for this bread!
As my family is super proud of our heritage,the month of March brings on March Madness! Not just for basketball but for the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day! This recipe for my most popular Blue Ribbon Irish Soda Bread is a hit with my family and friends. I have tweaked my Grandma’s recipe as her description would be described as a fistful of flour and a dollop of butter. Not sure how she did it, but her bread was always perfect and a crowd pleaser! Over the years, I just watched how she made hers and created my own version! I am so proud to say, my bread has been a regular winner at many Irish Soda Bread Contests, yes there are actually contest for I guess everything!
My recipe for Irish Brown Bread has proven to be super popular with you all and a big hit on Pinterest! I have been making these breads for years! We usually make at least one of each every week! In fact, I made an Irish Soda Bread this morning. I’m sending it down to my daughter in South Carolina! She is doing an internship and this will remind her of home. Soda bread is durable when mailed, I wrap it in plastic wrap and foil. They also freeze really well! My Mom always keeps a loaf in the freezer. One never knows when company may come over. During the Holidays and Saint Patrick’s Day, I cannot even begin to count how many I make for family and friends.
Here is the funny thing about family traditions! This is the key to my bread and this is how I have to do it! The photo above shows how my Grandma made her bread and that is exactly what I do. The first picture shows the dry ingredients that were sifted into a large bowl. I use impeccably clean hands to add the unsalted softened butter into the dry ingredients. I hope you can see in the picture, it is a fine crumble. The second photo shows the well I make in the center of the dry ingredients. Don’t ask why, this is just how we do it! Trust me, make the well and that is where I add the beaten egg, buttermilk, and sour cream! Then I use a wooden spoon, yup, has to be a wooden spoon to gently mix the ingredients. Then, if needed a wee bit more buttermilk and of course the raisins. I either use this glass pie pan or my grandmas cast iron pan. The cast iron pan was already being used when I took this shot! Of course, then a cross is made into the bread! Why you ask?, ward off evil according to my Grandma! I just like to think its a blessing and looks pretty! To finish, I gently sprinkle about 3 sprinkles a dusting of flour on the uncooked bread before going in the oven. That was my addition, just like the rustic look it adds to the completed bread.
This is such a versatile bread! This is great as a breakfast bread with marmalade, butter, or straight up! Feel free to make this with Detox Lemon Ginger Green Tea or my Cleansing Cranberry Tea!! This is of course perfect with Guinness Beef Stew and Corned Beef and Cabbage! If you are having a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, I recommend making some small loaves to give to your guests to bring home. Everyday tip: I buy aluminum small loaf pans to make the Irish Soda breads for my family and friends. As I said, these freeze well. So I start making them early and freeze until ready to give as gifts!
I absolutely love this bread! It is super moist and doesn’t last a day in my house! It is one of those breads that I bring to my friends all the time. They are always asking me to make one for them!
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My Blue Ribbon Authentic Irish Soda Bread
A family recipe that we make every week! This is a multiple blue ribbon baking contest winner,Perfect for a breakfast bread. Great for any time of year. Of course, perfect for Saint Patrick's Day with your Irish Breakfast, Corned Beef, or Guinness Stew!
- 4 cups unbleached, white flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1- 1 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 cup low-fat sour cream
- 1 large egg, whisked
- 3 cups raisins
- butter flavored non-stick cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon unbleached white flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a 9 inch cast iron pan or round pyrex pan, spray with the non-stick butter spray. Set aside.
Into a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
To the dry ingredients, add the soften unsalted butter. Blend with your hands until the mixture is a course crumble and there are no large clumps of butter.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. To the well add 1 cup buttermilk, sour cream, and whisked egg. Use a wooden spoon to gently fold all ingredients. When almost completely blended, add the raisins. If needed add a little more buttermilk of mixture seems to dry.
Place the dough into the prepared pan. Make an cross through the dough. Dust the reserved flour over the top of dough. Cook on rack in center of oven. At 50 minutes, check for doneness by putting a tooth pick in center of bread. The toothpick should come out clean. Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes. Finish cooling on a wire cooling rack before slicing and serving.
Bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap. It never lasts past 2 days in my home.
- I have made this bread using yogurt instead of sour cream because I did not have sour cream and it came out great
- This is one of the few recipes I use white sugar. I have never experimented with any other sugars. My Nana would never forgive me!
- I have also used unbleached whole wheat white flour, with excellent results.
- Please note, nutritional values are estimated. Depending on ingredients and portion size, the nutritional values can vary.