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

Mom & Spanky


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 the bread for 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.

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This page was originally created for the Kaos website
March 15, 1998
and was added to GILLFAMILY.COM
January 20, 1999.