|The keys to amazing Irish Soda Bread.|
|Mixing the dry ingredients.|
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- 2 Tbsp. melted shortning (or unsalted butter)
- 2 eggs, whipped
- 2 cups buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, or can't find it, here is a substitute. Make enough to substitute 2 cups.)
1. Remove all refrigerated ingredients to allow them to come to room temperature.
2. Preset oven for 350 degrees F.
3. Mix dry ingredients together.
4. One at a time, mix wet ingredients into dry mixture.
5. Grease your dish. I use dark brown glass dishes; one is a loaf pan and the other is an 8" x 8" dark brown glass dish. They seem to use the batter perfectly. My mother uses small aluminium or metal loaf pans to give the bread as gifts. A single recipe makes about 4 small (5" x 3") loaves, while a double recipe makes about 9. Fill the container about 2/3 full. They will get bigger, so don't overfill!
6. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Check with a toothpick to ensure the bread is cooked through. (If you are using smaller containers, cook for about 35 minutes).
You're done! I enjoy Irish soda bread with the smallest amount of unsalted butter. It's what my grandma used to put on top, so its nostalgic.
Happy (early) St. Patrick's Day!