Irish soda bread


If there is one food I can’t resist, it is definitely irish soda bread.  The subtle sweetness, the texture, just everything about it keeps me whittling away at a loaf sitting on the counter.  This recipe comes from a dear friend that puts a fresh baked loaf in my mailbox every St. Patrick’s Day.  It has become my favorite.  Traditionally baked in a round form, this recipe does well in a regular loaf pan.

3 cups flour

5 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. Crisco shortening

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 egg

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 375F.  In a medium bowl blend together the dry ingredients.  Cut in the shortening.  Add sugar.  Mix thoroughly.  Beat the egg and mix with the milk.  Add this to the dry ingredient mixture.  Batter will be stiff.  Add the raisins and incorporate well.  Sprinkle top with a few teaspoons of sugar.  Turn into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 375F for 35 to 40 minutes, until lightly golden on top.  Allow to cool before removing from pan.

This recipe can also be divided among mini loaf pans to share with friends or freeze for later.