Spreading the Luck of the Irish


Working in food PR is never good for the waistline, especially when you’re working on a project that features a delicious recipe! Such was the case last week when I was working on a St. Patrick’s Day project for our client, the California Raisin Marketing Board, which included a yummy Irish Soda Bread recipe. After working with the recipe, I found myself with an irresistible craving for Irish Soda Bread. My fiancé thought I was crazy, but that night, there I was baking away in the kitchen after dinner. 

There’s nothing better than a thick slice of warm soda bread slathered with butter – especially when you’ve been craving it all day! Plus, it was super easy – because soda bread uses baking soda for leavening rather than yeast, there was no waiting for the bread to rise and it was ready in about an hour.  I also have to admit, with a dense texture similar to a scone or biscuit, a slice is great for breakfast.


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I feel compelled to share the recipe and spread the craving. So, here it is (from our client, the California Raisin Marketing Board):

Irish Soda Bread

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 to 55 minutes
Yield: 10 servings

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 cup California raisins

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, butter and egg until well mixed; stir in raisins. Knead several times on a lightly floured board then shape into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly. Cut a small x in the top and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Garrett | Mar 17, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Yum, soda bread, can’t believe I didn’t get around to making any this year. How effed up is that?

  • Jenna | Mar 17, 2009 at 8:31 am

    There’s still time! 😉

  • Caitlin McDonald | Mar 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I recognize that counter top 🙂 The irish soda bread looks amazing, good work love!