Irish Fruit Soda Bread

    50 min

    This is more commonly known as fruit soda because of the dried fruit. Serve sliced, buttered and with strong tea! You can also make this recipe into scones or farls.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 400g plain flour
    • 1 level teaspoon salt
    • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 4 rounded teaspoons sugar
    • 375 ml buttermilk
    • 100g sultanas or raisins
    • Butter or margarine for greasing the tin

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6 and grease a 1kg (2 lb) loaf tin and set aside.
    2. Pour flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and raisins into a bowl and mix.
    3. Pour all the buttermilk into the flour mixture and mix to a soft consistancy. Turn mixture into prepared tin and flatten the top of mixture.
    4. Bake for 40 -45 minutes, covering for the last 20 if the top is getting too brown.
    5. Remove from tin, wrap in a clean tea towel and allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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    Really good.  -  14 Mar 2011


    DELICIOUS! I'm a long time yeast bread maker but new to "soda" breads and I was blown away by the taste and texture of Irish soda breads. I'll be remaking this; adding a touch of candied/dried citrus along with the raisins next time.  -  31 Mar 2012


    Love this recipe. made it in class and it was so quick to make. smells delicious and tastes great. It rises well and is quick becuase you don't have to leave it to prove. Me and my friend both made it, and both turned out excellent. If you're looking to cut fats and sat fats out of this recipe, then switch the buttermilk for the same quantity semi-skimmed milk (I'm sure you could use skim as well) that has been mixed with just over one and a half tbsp of lemon juice and sat for two minutes.  -  01 Dec 2011