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In Ireland soda bread is often brown and is never sweet nor adorned with raisins. The American Immigrant version that we’ve all come to love is perfect when slathered with butter and jam. We like it a little bit sweet and dotted with raisins. This delicious bread can be on your breakfast table within an hour. Once you get the basics down you can switch things up and make it as sweet or as savory as you like.

This version is just a little bit sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1.5 T sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 egg

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Beat egg into milk and set aside.
  • Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar until well combined.
  • Stir in raisins and caraway seeds until raisins are well coated.
  • Make a well in the middle and pour in the egg/milk mixture.
  • Mix with your hand until it just comes together. Don’t worry about adding a bit more milk if it seems too dry.
  • Dump dough onto a well floured surface and shape into a ball.
  • Turn onto a baking sheet and cut a cross into your loaf.
  • Bake for approximately 40 minutes. The bread will sound hollow when it’s done.

The hardest bit will be waiting for it to be cool enough to eat!