David Venable's Irish Soda Bread

David Venable's Irish Soda Bread


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This bread is done in just under an hour. It's great when served right after a course of David's Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage! It's our favorite St. Patrick's Day dessert!

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 1 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

1 loaf


  • 1 lg. egg
  • 3/4 C. buttermilk
  • 2 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 C. raisins

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Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a baking sheet or large cake pan. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough blade attachment, combine the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter. Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and raisins to the bowl. Blend the ingredients until well incorporated. 

Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a 6'' round ball. Place it on the prepared baking sheet or in the cake pan. Using a paring knife, score the top of the dough about an inch deep in an ''X'' shape. 

Bake the bread until golden brown and a thin skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, approximately 45-55 minutes. 

If you want David's recipe for pressure cooker corned beef to go along with this, click here!

Reviews (2)

  • Hi Carol,

    The recipe is definitely still do-able. I would sift the dry ingredients together then empty it onto a lightly floured cutting board. Make a little well in the middle, and pour the wet ingredients into it. Then, using your hands, slowly mix the wet and the dry until it becomes a dough ball. From there, just follow the recipe as directed.

    If you need anything else don't hesitate to ask!

    Flag as inappropriate DanKSC  |  March 18, 2013

  • The recipe for David Venable's Irish Soda Bread sounds so good & so easy. Only problem for me is that I don't have a big mixer (only a hand one). So, my question is, how can I make this recipe work? Or can I at all?

    Flag as inappropriate carol7628  |  March 17, 2013

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