Our family favorite Irish soda bread recipe! Cut into wedges and serve warm with fresh butter as a traditional side to hearty Irish fare such as Stew, Cottage or Shepherd's Pie, or Corned Beef Dinner. Also a tasty tea-time snack served with butter and a dab of marmalade or a drizzle of honey, or with a slice of smoked salmon. Enjoy!
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a small saucepan or in the microwave, bring the whiskey and honey to a boil and add the raisins or currants. Cover and off the heat. Set aside and let steep.
- Butter a round 1 1/2 to 2 quart baking dish, set aside.
- Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl; use a wire whisk to combine.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the sour cream, mixing well to combine.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, stir well with a wooden spoon (batter will be thick).
- Stir in the whiskey-soaked raisins or currants (along with the whiskey-honey they were steeped in); blend well.
- Turn batter into the prepared baking dish.
- Dust the top with flour and pat the batter evenly in the pan with your hands.
- Use a sharp knife to make a cross on the top.
- Bake for 50 minutes in preheated 350 F oven.
- Remove to a rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a serving dish. Cut into wedges and serve warm with real butter.
We had this for St. Patrick's Day and it was so great. Don't tell, but I used Scotch whiskey to soak the raisins, but otherwise I made as posted.
Absolutely delicious!! This was my first time attempting to make any kind of bread and the directions were specific enough that I came out with a tasty loaf that looked spectacular. The raisins have just the right amount of kick and the bread is pleasantly sweet. Overall, a well balanced and delicious recipe, the results of which I am hiding from my father so he doesn't eat the whole thing tonight!