Food Brings Families Together: Irish Soda Bread

Like crooked teeth or wavy hair, family recipes enjoy constant re-invention as they are passed down from generation to generation.

Some family recipes live on for centuries, like my maternal family’s mint-infused take on traditional pierogies, while other culinary quirks are best enjoyed by immediate family members, namely my brothers’ collective penchant for anything lathered in sour cream.

We recently asked our Facebook friends if they had a family recipe that’s been passed down to you. We were inspired by Erin Hilburn‘s response of  “100-year old Irish Soda Bread.” A recipe over 100 years old?! That must be some delicious soda bread!

We tried our hand at making traditional Irish Soda Bread, thanks to Erin’s awesome suggestion!

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread
Makes one 9 x 5-inch loaf. Prep time: 15 mins. Bake time: 1 hr., 10 mins.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • â…“ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 65 – 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

Does your grandmother make an amazing chocolate cake? Is your uncle known for his spicy chili? Share your recipe suggestions with us in the comments below, and keep your eyes on the ModCloth Blog this week for more international recipes!


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    Julie (ModCloth) 09/28/2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Yummm. Buttermilk makes everything better, this looks delicious! I just whipped up a banana + coconut loaf of bread, I feel like now is the perfect time of the year for breads!

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    Maria 09/28/2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Oh, thanks for the recipe. I love Irish soda bread!

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    Danielle R. 09/28/2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Challah French Toast

    Combining my mother’s never-fail recipe for French Toast with my new religion (Judaism), my Challah FT is sure to impress.

    Batter: 2 eggs
    1/2 C (soy or almond) milk
    1/2 C orange juice
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp nutmeg
    1/2 tsp salt

    Cut the challah into 1″ slices and let it get stale over night. The next day, roll each piece in the batter mixture until all of it is completely soaked up. Fry in a pan et voila! You have a Jewish take on French Toast!

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      Angela (ModCloth) 09/28/2010 at 6:43 pm #

      That sounds really good, Danielle! I’ve never tried orange juice in my FT, but now I will!

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    Victoria / Justice Pirate 09/28/2010 at 6:01 pm #

    My mother-in-law makes soda bread all the time. Thing is hers is always hard as a rock and doesn’t taste too good to me 🙁 This one looks good though.

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    Blair 09/30/2010 at 11:30 am #

    This is just like the soda bread my mother makes! (We must have secretly related Irish relatives) 😉

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