Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

One more for the cooks. This recipe found in the Seattle Times is from T.S.McHugh's and the Ballymaloe Cookery School, in Shanagarry, Ireland. Good source, I'd say. Perfect accompaniment for a nice lamb stew on a raw not-quite-spring evening!


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour most of the milk in all at once. Using one hand, mix in the flour from the sides of the bowl, adding more milk if necessary. The dough should be soft, but not too wet and sticky.
  3. When it all comes together, gather the dough onto a floured surface and form into a round loaf about 1 ½-inches thick and cut a deep cross on top and over the sides.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake 45 minutes, or until cooked though. If you are in doubt, tap the bottom of the bread. If it sounds hollow, it's done.
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Very good, very easy to make! Don't be fooled by the short list of ingredients - this bread is light and full of flavor!

Elisa72 March 19, 2010