Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Savory Irish Soda Bread

My mother made Irish soda bread anytime of the year; it's one of those quick breads that takes little time to make and very few ingredients.  I came across this recipe while visiting Ireland in 1993 during our 25th Anniversary trip.  We had taken a bus to Waterford and ate at a little restaurant before going to a play.  The soda bread that came with our dinner was so was savory and had no raisins in it, like the one I had made from my mother's recipe.  This one had cheddar cheese and chives which accompanied our entree so perfectly.  Slathered with Irish butter, it truly was something to remember.

When I make Irish soda bread, there are two ingredients I always use; buttermilk and KerryGold Pure Irish Butter and this recipe is no different.
Preheat oven to 350Fdegrees.  Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
4 cups all purpose flour
1 T baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
6 T unsalted butter, cold

Place all of these ingredients in a bowl of a food processor and pulse until the butter is incorporated.  Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
Whisk these ingredients together and then, pour over the dry ingredients.
 I use my dough whisk to blend the wet and dry ingredients.  Next, I add 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and 2 Tablespoons chopped chives. (Note: I didn't have any fresh chives today...they're just starting to come up outside and I didn't want to use dried) Mix well, then knead a few times to form a ball.
I mix my dough in this wooden bowl my mother gave me when I got married.  She believed all I'd need was a wooden bowl and an iron skillet!  Once the dough is shaped, I place it in the prepared casserole dish and slash the top with a serrated knife.  Brush the top with a little buttermilk and egg to give it a golden color and place in the oven.  Bake for 75 minutes or until a wooden skewer poked in the center comes out clean.
Let cool completely before slicing.  Have extra KerryGold butter to slather on and let it melt in your mouth.  Enjoy!


  1. Make for us next week. OK, please.

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  3. I not only will make this for ye, but I'm bringing a loaf of my traditional Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day.

  4. I am going to bake the Savory Irish Soda Bread tomorrow night for our traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner on Wednesday. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find the "Kerry Gold" butter. I hope "LandOLakes" will be an acceptable substitute.

  5. You would probably have to go to Whole Foods to get it in your area. I made this recipe for years with LandOLakes before coming across KerryGold and it turns out really good.

  6. I can't tell you how excited I am to have this recipe! Every Irish Soda Bread recipe I ever see has raisins, currants or some other dried fruit in it. Now there are things that I love dried fruit in (I have yet to find the thing I love raisins in) but I've discovered, Irish Soda bread isn't one of them. Your recipe perfect. We will enjoy it tomorrow with our Corned Beef, Cabbage and Turnips :)