This is a "keeper"!!!! I've never made bread before, but I've made this twice in the last 3 weeks. Don't change a thing, it's fantastic just the way it is. Thanks for sharing this gem!
My only regret with this wonderful soda bread recipe is that I did not discover it before St Patricks Day! I have always waited patiently for soda bread until MArch and, quite frankly have been disappointed in most breads in recent years. Next year, I will be making this bread for saint Patty's Thanks for sharing! THIS BREAD WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!!
Let me just start by telling you that I had to make three batches before I was able to get one that people would stop devouring! I mean that! This is beyond good.... fantastic! I was surprised at how easy it was to prepare. I was very nervous about the caraway, as I swear I despise them. I used them, thinking of others instead of myself, and I was shocked (and humbled), to admit that the bread really benefits from the addition of them. I'm sure it wouldn't have tasted as good without them. I did follow one reviewer's method of soaking the raisins in Whiskey. I don't know if it added any flavor or plumped the raisins at all, but it made me happy seeing them in that cup! Besides, someone had to get rid of that leftover liquid, and not let it go to waste, right? I shall make this recipe and only this recipe from now on. Thank you so much for sharing, and my friends and family thank you as well!
Wow! The best soda bread I have ever tasted..............and so easy to make. I used the golden raisins, and with the caraway seeds it was perfect! Thank you
This soda bread is fantastic, and the best recipe I've ever found for this Irish specialty
It was really good. In fact it's much better than the one I got in the store for St. Patrick's day. I will make it for breakfast time to time.
I made this to go along with our corned beef for St. Pat's Day, and none of us really cared for it. The caraway and the raisins just contradicted each other too much. I think it probably would have been fine with one or the other, but both was just a bit much for us.
Absolutely fantastic. The only thing I did different is that I soaked the raisins in a little of the "IRISH" (Telamore Dew) to soften them. The wife whose mothers name was Jenny Cassidy loved it. God bless and keep up the good work. Cap'n Jack UPDATE: I made the first 2 loaves by hand and then I said to myself, Self, there has to be an easier way. YUP, I mixed the batter in my mixer with a dough hook and did it all on the slowest speed. I sifted everything into the mixer bowl. Don't over mix. Knead about 15 times by hand I used a #8 cast iron skillet that I let heat up with the oven. Best texture, taste and rise of the lot.
This came out just awesome! Much better than I would have thought caraway seeds and raisons could produce! It was a table favorite on St. Paddy's, I didn't change a thing, and will be making this again and again......and again. :)
Wonderful! I didn't use raisins or caraway but will next time! Served it to my Tuesday night group of 7 - not a crumb was left!