Hi, all. Colleen here! I’ve been tinkering with my Irish Soda Bread Recipe for 20 years, and I have it to the point where I think its perfect. I get many requests/orders to make it (especially this time of year).
For fun, I decided to add chocolate chips to it to see how that would be. It was good, actually, and a nice change from the usual.
You can make one large loaf, or split the sough into half and make two medium loaves… And remember, always let the fairies out by making an “X” with your knife in the center of the dough just before popping it in the oven! Bain sult as!
- 4 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1-2 TBS coarse or decorator sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Use a 10-12 inch ovenproof skillet with 2-inch or better sides or 2 cake pans. Cut a circle of parchment paper out and line your pan(s).
- Whisk the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl until blended.
- Add in the butter and raisins and stir well. Add buttermilk and egg to the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated – do not over mix.
- Pour mixture into pan(s), sprinkle with the coarse sugar and cook for one hour or until toothpick or skewer inserted comes out dry. For smaller loaves, check after 45 minutes. Cool a bit then flip out of the pan(s) and peel off parchment paper.
- Serve warm out of the oven with a bit of butter or heat up a slice in your microwave anytime and enjoy the added perk of the wonderful smell in your home! I love to bring this to new neighbors as a hello!