Gran's Irish Soda Bread

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    50 min

    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.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 500g plain flour
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 275g buttermilk
    • 4 tablespoons rapeseed oil
    • 175g raisins

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a baking tray, or line with parchment.
    2. 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.
    3. Place the bread on a middle rack of the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

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    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

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    Hubs doesn't like quick breads of any kind, Mom and I were unsure of the raisins. Didn't look like this bread was going to make any kind of statement at tonight's St. Patrick's Day meal. I had low expectations, frankly. Wrong! Everyone loved it! (me too!) Other than using vegetable oil rather than corn oil, I prepared it as directed, then dusted the loaf with a little flour before it went it into the oven. I find it incredible that something so impressive both in appearance and taste comes together so easily and quickly and with such humble ingredients. It's really a foolproof recipe. I baked it on parchment paper, and in my oven at least, 35 minutes was just right. It's just a beautiful bread that is moist (because of the buttermilk I have no doubt!), tender and flavorful. Don't be tempted to leave out the raisins as I almost did - they really do add something in a positive way!  -  17 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    Grandma McAndrew sure had it right - I just had a slice of this soda bread and its absolutely perfect!!!  -  18 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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