Thanks to Allison Rebenack for sharing her family's recipe for Irish Soda Bread. Want to know how delicious it is? Martha Stewart grew up near Allison's father-in-law, and she recalls eating her first St. Patrick's Day feast at the Rebenack's house... specifically mentioning the Irish Soda Bread!
Rebenack Irish Soda Bread Recipe by Margaret Sullivan
- 4 cups Hecker’s unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups (approx.) buttermilk
- ¼ box raisins (15 oz. size)
- 1-2 Tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)
Stir together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Add caraway seeds and raisins and mix well. Add buttermilk a little at a time. The dough should not be sticky; it should feel like velvet.
In a clean bowl, form into one ball. Knead on floured board for 30 turns. Lay into a 9” greased and floured cast iron fry pan. Press into the shape of the pan. Cut a cross on top with a sharp knife and sprinkle flour on top.
Bake at 350℉ for 10 minutes, then at 325℉ for a total of 45 minutes (adjust according to your oven). The bread is done when it sounds hollow when you knock on the bottom of it.