About this recipe:This is a lovely soda bread recipe, studded with raisins. You could just as easily leave the raisins out, if preferred. Delicious warm or room temperature with lots of butter for spreading.
500g plain flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons rapeseed oil
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:40min › Ready in:50min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a baking tray, or line with parchment.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, bicarb, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and oil. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Add the raisins, and stir a few times, just until the ingredients come together into a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and with floured hands shape dough into a ball. Place the dough on the prepared baking tray, and cut a large cross in the top with a sharp knife.
Place the bread on a middle rack of the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
Tried this recipe and enjoyed it very much. I have also been using Grandpa McAndrew's Irish Soda Bread recipe for 2 years and love it. I was brought up on this type of bread both with and without sultanas loved it when my wee Irish mum baked. Rarely buy bread now. - 01 Apr 2015