Monday, March 14, 2011

irish soda bread

many years ago, when i was working on my first book, "Having Tea", I asked friends and their mothers for recipes. lauren and claudia fleming sent me their mother elvira fleming's recipe for irish soda bread. my irish nana made her version with buttermilk, but they both used raisins and caraway seeds... I'm looking forward to making it for saint patricks day with a big pot of irish breakfast tea to mark the occasion.

mrs.fleming's irish soda bread
makes one 8" loaf

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs, beaten
1 pint sour cream
1 cup dark raisins
2 tsp caraway seeds

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
grease and flour a round 8" cake pan.
mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder.
fold in the egs and sour cream.
add the raisins and caraway seeds.
do not overbeat.
pour the batter into the prepared pan.
smooth the surface and use a knife to cut a cross on top of dough.
bake for about 1 hour, or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
from Having Tea, by Tricia Foley
photograph by Keith Scott Morton


  1. Thanks for the reminder of this recipe! I'll have to get out the book and spend some time reading with a cup of tea. I love a simple St. Patricks Tea. Of course, I love any excuse for a tea!

  2. I love to make my grandmothers recipe for irish soda bread on St. Patricks Day. She grew up on a farm in N.Ireland and would tell us how the bread was baked in a cast iron skillet over a peat fire. I plan to try the recipe from your book as well!

  3. no peat fires here, but love to toast it and have in front of the to imagine it baking over a peat fire!

  4. i just tried irish soda bread for the first time last week and i loved it... will give your recipe a try...

  5. My family is from Scotland and I know very well of Irish soda bread. It is amazing and my Sister and I were only talking of it a few days ago. I will have to try your one.
    Ness xx