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Looking for a fun twist on traditional Irish Soda Bread? Try my Cranberry Raisin Irish Soda Bread recipe – you’ll love the sweet and tart combination of the cranberries and raisins!
My husband and my kids love traditional Irish soda bread, but honestly, I’m not that big of a fan. I prefer the brown bread.
In the past, my mother-in-law has always brought the bread for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. But, now that we’re living away from home, I had to figure out how to make it on my own.
My oldest daughter probably would have cried had there not been Irish Soda Bread for her picking pleasure!
So, I went in search of a recipe…
Rather than head to the Internet, as I usually would, I reached for my Irish Cooking cookbook, knowing there was a recipe in there and I was right…but it called for golden raisins and regular raisins.
The problem was that I only had regular raisins, so I decided to substitute the golden raisins with dried cranberries instead and the family loved it!
I have to admit, I even had a piece and it was pretty good.
The crust got a little darker on this loaf than I would have liked, but I reduced the time a bit in the recipe below, so yours should come out a bit lighter.
No worries, though…even if it’s dark, it’ll still go like hot cakes! Just add a little extra butter…or even some honey butter!
So, the next time you’re looking for a sweet bread to nibble on, give this yummy Cranberry Raisin Irish Soda Bread recipe a try!
P.S. Your family will love it, too, so be sure to share!
Here’s the recipe…
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or golden raisins
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Cream sugar and shortening in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Add dry ingredients to the cream mixture.
- Stir in raisins and cranberries.
- Beat egg into mixture, then pour in the buttermilk and stir until just combined.
- Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Form dough into a large circle, about 7 inches in diameter. Score the top of the dough with a sharp knife, making a large X about 1/4 inch deep.
- Place the dough onto a large baking sheet.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Serve warm with softened butter.
You might also like these St. Patrick’s Day recipes:
- Homemade Corned Beef Recipe
- Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
- Lucky Leprechaun Cookies Recipe
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