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Irish Soda Bread Recipe Easy Knead with Bread Machine

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking in your kitchen. And you can have this wonderful smell with homemade bread all year long. If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day try this easy Irish Soda Bread recipe where all the kneading is done in your bread machine. 

Irish Soda bread is an easy quick bread recipe that will come out of the oven perfect the first time you try the recipe. It is not a typical quick bread but uses backing soda for a delicious consistency. Without much effort, you can have great smelling bread any time of the year but especially on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Irish bread is not tradition in our home but I wanted to make a homemade bread to serve with my Irish Stew for dinner and these cute green St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes.

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe Easy Knead with Bread Machine baked loaf on a wooden cutting board and a white counter in a white kitchen.

You will love this delicious loaf of Irish Soda Bread with any of the Irish recipe you are making for a traditional Irish celebration this year. There a lot of authentic Irish soda bread recipes and I tried a few that were much denser than my family liked. The traditional Irish soda bread recipe that I found had more of the flavors that we like and it was easy and made a delicious real Irish soda bread.

No Yeast Bread – Irish Soda Bread:

Irish soda bread is a yeast-free bread. It was traditionally made with baking soda as yeast was not always available and affordable in Ireland. Also, baking soda was simpler to use as the bread did not require proofing or rising like yeast bread does. 

The climate in Ireland, particularly its dampness, could affect the performance of yeast. Baking soda, on the other hand, is more reliable in various environmental conditions.

rish soda bread is considered a quick bread as it does not use yeast to rise. That is why if you have a bread machine you can use the quick bread setting to have your machine do all the work of kneading the dough. You can also bake the bread on the quick bread setting but I have not tried that. 

Our family loves the smell and look of homemade bread baking in the oven, and this bread is no exception. Bake the bread in your cast iron pot and you will love the texture and look on your dinner table. 

Irish Soda Bread Recipe Easy Knead with Bread Machine, golden brown load in cast iron pan on a gray and white striped towel. top down view

Tools Needed for Easy Irish Soda Bread:

  • Large Bowl
  • Pastry Cutter
  • Bread Machine
  • Cast Iron Skillet 10 inch

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Variations:

  • Regular raisin or golden raisin
  • Serve with Irish Butter
  • Dry Butter Milk
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Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread:

  • All Purpose flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Butter Milk
  • Caraway Seeds
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How to Make St. Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread Using a Bread Machine:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl sift 4 and 1/4 cups of flour. Combine flour with baking soda, and sugar. 
  3. Cut the butter into small squares and add to the flour mixture. 
  4. Using a pastry cutter cut in the butter to the flour mixture. 
  5. Add the flour mixture to the pan of the bread machine and add the butter milk and caraway seeds. 
  6. Set the bread machine on a quick bread cycle and let the bread machine knead the dough for no more than 10 minutes.
  7. Form the dough into a round loaf and set it into the cast iron skillet. 
  8. Bake at 400° F for 45 to 50 minutes until the bread is at an internal temperature of 195°F, and to top is golden brown.
  9. Remove the bread and allow it to cool to room temperature for 10 minutes before cooking. 
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Irish Soda Bread Recipe Easy Knead with Bread Machine, the loaf of bread sliced open on a wooden cutting board and a close-up of a slice of bread.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe Easy Knead with Bread Machine

  • Author: Susan Buonpane
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Irish

Description

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking in your kitchen. And you can have this wonderful smell with homemade bread all year long. If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day try this easy Irish Soda Bread recipe where all the kneading is done in your bread machine. 


Ingredients

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  • 4 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 tablespoons of Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of cold Butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of Butter Milk
  • 1 t0 2 teaspoons Caraway Seeds
  • (optional 1 cup of raisins)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl sift 4 and 1/4 cups of flour. Combine flour with baking soda, and sugar. 
  3. Cut the butter into small squares and add to the flour mixture. 
  4. Using a pastry cutter cut in the butter to the flour mixture. 
  5. Add the flour mixture to the pan of the bread machine and add the butter milk and caraway seeds. 
  6. Set the bread machine on a quick bread cycle and let the bread machine knead the dough for no more than 10 minutes. 
  7. On a floured surface form the dough into a round loaf and set it into the cast iron skillet. 
  8. Bake at 400° F for 45 to 50 minutes until the bread is at an internal temperature of 195°F, and to top is golden brown.
  9. Remove the bread and allow it to cool to room temperature for 10 minutes before cooking. 

Notes

  1. You do not have to use the bread machine but knead by hand. I have found that using the bread machine to lead on the quick bread cycle makes a smooth dough and makes a nicer loaf.
  2. Do not use the dough cycle as it kneads too long. 
  3. I have tried several traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe but found that this one was best for using the bread machine, Inspired by, “Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread”
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