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Irish Soda Bread! Get to know one of my family's favorite recipes.

I am a proud Irish girl. My grandfather was 100% Irish and you could tell by all the Claddagh rings, Waterford Crystal and green I grew up with. I am a mutt made up of a number of different backgrounds, but my Irish heritage always took center stage.


You know that one family recipe that is at every get together? Well, my great grandma Qualter's Irish Soda Bread is that recipe for the Qualter family. My Uncle Jerry has taken on the task of being the keeper of the recipe and he is a pro at making it. I don't get to see my family as often as I would like, but when I'm able to make it down to Florida, I always know Uncle Jerry will have Irish Soda Bread waiting for me (and sometimes one to take home!).


Last time I was visiting, my uncle gave me a copy of the recipe. I've been a little nervous to make it because he does such a good job, but what better time than to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Grandma Qualter's Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups flour

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional. I don't love caraway seeds, but feel free to add if you do)

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl and set aside. Melt and cool the butter, buttermilk and eggs in another bowl, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix until moist and then put in a greased casserole dish or cast iron skillet. Bake for 1 hour and twenty minutes.


Then voilà (or whatever it would be in Gaelic)! Pair with a good quality Irish butter and you are ready to eat. Enjoy!


Step-by-Step Photo Guide


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, caraway seeds and raisins together.



Next, mix melted butter, buttermilk and egg together. Combine wet mixture with dry ingredients and stir together.


Place mixture in a greased dish and bake for one hour and twenty minutes.


Smother with Irish butter and enjoy!

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