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A Sharing of Irish Bread Recipes from my Wife's Irish Farm Days

Updated on November 29, 2016
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Irish Soda Bread
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Recipes for Irish Breads

Irish Breads

My wife Maura grew up on a farm in County Monaghan, Ireland during World War II and she and her sister helped their Mom bake breads in an old Dutch oven that hung from a crook in an open hearth fire. She shares these recipes with you.

Irish Soda Bread

3 cups of white flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder (2 if you live one mile above sea level or up to 7000 feet)

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons of shortening

2 cups of fresh buttermilk

One handful of black currants

Mix together and knead the dough till ready for baking tray

Place in oven for 45 minutes at 450 degree F.

Let cool with covered tea towel

Slice and serve with fresh butter like Kerry Gold

Brack Bread

3 cups of white flour

3 teaspoons of baking pwder (see above for higher elevations)

1 teaspoon of salt

A strong pot of very dark tea

A half cup of raisins

A half cup of black currants

A thimble of Irish whiskey

Soak dough in strong tea overnight

Add dried fruit and whiskey next day

Mix together into a ball of dough

Bake 45 minutes at 450 degrees F.

Serve cut slices with butter

Closer to Christmas we"ll share recipe for Irish Christmas pudding.. These recipes were handed down orally from Maura's mother and likewise from her mother and so on.

Have you ever eaten home made Irish soda bread?

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© 2009 Richard Francis Fleck


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    • juneaukid profile image

      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you both Hello,heloo and Jonas Woods!

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      Jonas Woods 7 years ago

      Oh wow, never really thought about it that way before.


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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Oh thank you. I like those recipes and will try them out. I like them because they are not made with soda. I bought once a soda bread thinking to try it out but no I didn't like it.