My Nana always made Irish bread for most family meals–it was, I suppose, her version of Southern biscuits or other bread staples. It’s not “traditional” Irish soda bread, more like a raisin quick bread. I’m not sure where she got the recipe, whether it was from her mom or from a magazine. I am inclined to believe it was a recipe designed to be fast and not use a lot of expensive ingredients, maybe from the Depression era.
I use whole wheat flour, and mix my own combination of cinnamon and brown sugar for the topping. It’s great for breakfast with a little butter, or as a portable snack.
Erin go bragh!
- 3 cups flour (all-purpose or wheat)
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Sift together dry ingredients in large bowl. Stir in egg and milk. Add raisins. Pour into greased 9″ loaf pan. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hr. Cool in pan 10 min. Cool on wire rack.