Best Ever Irish Soda Bread has a golden, crunchy, sweet crust with a moist, chewy interior, and tangy cranberries. This recipe blows every other version of Irish soda bread out of the water.
BEST EVER IRISH SODA BREAD
Some recipes you only pull out once a year. For instance, St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner so it’s time to make my annual slow cooker apple and brown sugar corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread.
Growing up, this soda bread always accompanied our annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Being kids, we were a little leery of eating corned beef and cabbage, but who can blame us?
When something shows up on your plate once every 365 days, and it resembles wilted lettuce combined with questionable meat, I don’t know a lot of kids who would dive right in.
But this soda bread…we housed it. It was my favorite part of the St. Patrick Day’s meal, and until my kids come to their senses, it remains their favorite part.
Since this was the only Irish soda bread I ever ate, I assumed all Irish soda bread recipes were equally yummy. During college I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the expected way a collegiate would, drinking lots of green beer, Irish car bombs, and wearing an obnoxious green get-up.
But I wasn’t a complete heathen. The night had to start with proper Irish meal, right?
We went out to an Irish pub, and when they placed the Irish soda bread on the table I happily dug right in, telling all my friends how freaking delicious Irish soda bread is and swearing they’d love it. Then I promptly became disgustingly incredulous.
“This isn’t what Irish soda bread should taste like! Man, this pub really just spit in the face of the motherland. How could they get it so wrong?!” I swore to my friends I would make them”real” Irish soda bread, and they could experience what Irish heaven tastes like.
WHY THIS BEST EVER IRISH SODA BREAD IS THE BEST
Turns out the recipe my mom always used wasn’t quite straight from the old country. You see, we use a smidgen more sugar than traditional recipes. Hence, why we ate the crap out of it while ignoring the corned beef and cabbage on our plate.
It may not be a traditionalists take on it, but I promise you won’t have to force this puppy down. This Best Ever Irish Soda Bread recipe is so good it should start a revolution in Ireland. Maybe they just don’t know what they’ve been missing out on…
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- 4 cups all purpose flour or gluten free flour, I've made this with Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour and it turned out great!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries*
Heat oven to 350º. Grease a cast iron skillet or 9" cake pan with butter.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
In a small bowl combine butter, buttermilk, and egg.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry, pouring it into the well and stir to form a soft dough. The dough will be very stiff and you might have to slightly knead it in the bowl with your hands to make sure you have all the flour incorporated. Add the cranberries and mix throughout.
Shape dough into a ball and transfer to the prepared pan. Use a sharp knife to make an "X" on top of the the ball.
Bake until set, about 55 minutes. Insert a knife or toothpick in the middle to make sure it's set in the middle. Baking times can be longer, depending on the size of pan you bake it in.
You can also sub in dried cherries for the cranberries.
*If you like a plumper berry, soak the dried fruit (reduce to 1/2 cup) in a little bit of boiling water for a few minutes, drain well, then stir them in the batter. You might have add a few more tablespoons of flour if dough becomes too sticky or wet.
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