Irish Bread

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My mother-in-law was born in Ireland and this is her recipe, which was only shared with the family. My husband would make 20 loaves for St. Patrick's Day to give to friends but he would never give the recipe. When asked for it, he would make the person a loaf and tell them that the recipe was a secret. Now that both he and his mother have passed, I think she would like to share it. I make 4 loaves each year for our church bake sale. They sell for $17.00 each and people come to the early mass just to get one.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 9-inch loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup dried currants

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet.

  2. Pour hot water over raisins and currants in a bowl and let soak. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl until well combined; whisk in buttermilk.

  3. Drain raisins and currants and pat dry with paper towels; fold into dough. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently until it holds its shape; if dough is too sticky, knead in more flour. Form into a round and place into prepared cast iron skillet. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross into the top of the loaf.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a slender knife inserted into the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

You may use 2 cups of raisins instead of currants. If you sour your own milk, use a little less. Just pour it in gradually.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
1g Fat
52g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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