Irish Soda Bread, for real!

Alright, y’all. After my last post about Irish Soda Bread, and it’s non-authentic-ness, (I doubt that’s a word, but roll with me), I decided I should really get into this and make the real stuff, the stuff you’d find on a family’s table in Ireland.

Luckily, I won that mahusive amount of cheese and butter from KerryGold a few months back. Included in that giveaway was The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews. It’s a beautiful book, big enough and full of enough gorgeous photographs to grace a coffee table.

There are wonderful recipes throughout the book, and some things I will never ever make (like head cheese, which is not cheese at all *shudder*). However, you can be pretty sure that I’m going to make every single recipe in the bread and baking section of this tome.

Because I’d read the forward, I knew just how well researched this book is. Each recipe is truly authentic to Ireland. So when the recipe says that this is Irish Soda Bread (and there’s no raisins or icing in sight), I feel like I’m offering you the real thing here.

The bread is good. Rustic, nutty, and perfect with Irish butter and a bowl of Guinness Stew. I can see why it’s the regular “table” bread of Ireland. It’s also incredibly easy to make.


  1. says

    It’s been years since I’ve had Irish soda bread (had an Irish roommate who made it once… but it was quite dry). This looks terrific! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day in a few weeks ;-)

  2. says

    That looks like a nice rustic bread to have with dinner or just by itself with a good pat of butter. I’ll have to give a shot for St. Patrick’s Day.

  3. says

    I never ever get tired of Irish Soda bread :) May we be in the same city next St. Patty’s Day in order to kick up our heels and cause some mischief :) XOXO

  4. says

    I love both versions of the soda bread that you posted! I’m always a fan of recipes that use whole wheat flour, so I’ll definitely give this one a try!

    • says

      Julia, not a silly question. This bread dough is stout enough that you simply shape it into a round with your hands and bake it on a cookie sheet. It’ll keep the round shape as it bakes.

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