Annie (Brennan) Gill's
Irish (Soda) Bread


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Some might say that my mother's Irish Soda Bread is not traditional because it is made in a loaf pan, rather than shaped into a loaf. Mom made it most of her 86 years after learning at her mother Mim's side in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland. It's very easy to make. One caution, hide a few pieces away for breakfast the next morning. If you don't, there won't be any left.

4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 cup raisins
3 eggs
1 cup milk
16 ounces sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together dry ingredients (first 6) in a large bowl. Beats eggs and combine them with dry ingredients, first pouring the egg mixture into a "well" in the center of the dry ingredients. Add sour cream and then slowly add milk while mixing the batter with a wooden spoon. Add the milk slowly so that all batter is moistened.

Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan. Transfer batter to pan. (The batter will be too stiff to pour but not dry enough so that it can be formed into a loaf without a pan.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean.


You can print this page or download the recipe in Meal Master format.

Mom died peacefully January 12, 1999. If you'd like to learn a little more about her, please visit Mom's page on my family's website.



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This page was last updated
March 28, 1999.