You can thank my mom for this one. We went on a trip to Ireland to research one of her books when I was a wee girl, and I’ve been obsessed with the country ever since. One of my fave things about them is their friggin’ delicious bread. Every time we went to a pub, they’d bring us a steaming basket of it and I would eat it until I felt sick.
Welp, my mom and I nabbed the recipe. You’re welcome.
The Wiggs Women’s Irish Soda Bread (try saying that five times fast)
- 4 cups unbleached flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs, beaten, optional
- 1 1/4 to 2 cups buttermilk (use more if you omit the eggs)
- 1 cup raisins or currants, soaked in hot water
Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter, add eggs and buttermilk. Stir in raisins. Knead with your hands and lament the fact that your mother doesn’t have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Let rest 10 minutes. Shape into an 8- or 9-inch round pan and score top with a knife in the shape of a plus sign. Bake at 375 degrees until top is brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove and cool on rack, but keep an eye on the doberman because he’s trolling for food after the huge run you went on this morning.
Serve toasted with butter. Try it with a wedge of sharp cheese and a bit of hard-smoked salmon.