Each month we will share one of our best-loved recipes with you that we serve our guests at the Bykenhulle House. We hope you will enjoy them as much as our guests do!

From Maria’s Kitchen:
Despite my last name, I never tried Irish Soda Bread until I started dating my husband. His mother made the best Irish Soda Bread and everyone looked forward to it every year around St. Patrick’s Day, because, “No one makes Irish Soda Bread like Bridie.” After we were married, I asked my mother-in-law for the recipe; her response was, “I just throw a few handfuls of flour and little of this and that together.” She didn’t have an actual recipe or definite measurements, but it always came out perfect. Now that Bridie is no longer with us, I would like nothing more than to carry on her tradition. Through the years, I had tried several recipes, none of which came close to hers; however, the one below is a close second.


Irish Soda Bread

3 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¾ cups of sugar
½ stick butter, cut into small pieces (not softened)
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 cup raisins
1 Tbs raw sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar together in large bowl.  Add butter pieces and cut in with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Beat egg and add to mixture along with buttermilk and raisins; stir until just moistened.

Place dough on lightly floured surface and gently knead until well combined.

Roll dough into ball and place into greased, 9” round pan (cast iron works the best). Press down dough to reach sides of pan and sprinkle top with raw sugar (optional).

Bake for one hour. If using cast iron pan, carefully remove bread and transfer to cooling rack. If using other pan, let cool in pan placed on cooling rack.


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