Eats // Irish Soda Bread Knots


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photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics

I have to admit, I lived the first 20 years of my life not knowing what the amazingness of Irish Soda bread was. Then one fateful summer day, my friend brought back a loaf from her local grocery store, saying, “Have you ever tried Irish Soda Bread? It’s pretty good.” I tore off a piece, not expecting much, and took a bite. And with that bite, I was converted. Converted into a huge fan of the deliciousness that is Irish Soda bread.

So, I decided to try my own version of the bread– an easier recipe that doesn’t call for yeast. It’s a bit of a cross between a dense bread and a scone, which melts perfectly in your mouth with coffee. And it’s not terribly sweet, which makes it an ideal breakfast for a weekday morning!
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (if you don’t have wheat, you can also just use 4 cups all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1.5 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1.5 cup butter milk

irish soda bread knots recipe

Begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees, and spray a muffin pan with cooking oil. Then, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a food processor. Quickly pulse so it’s just mixed, then add the butter. Add the butter and pulse until it’s just combined and resembles a coarse meal. If you don’t have a food processor, you can do the same thing and cut the butter into the flour mixture using two butter knives.
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Transfer the flour and butter mixture into a large bowl, and mix in the raisins and the caraway seeds. Then, make a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk and the egg. Gently knead until it’s just combined– do not over mix or the bread will turn out too dry.
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Fill the muffin tins with the dough and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Enjoy with a piping hot beverage!
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photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
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21 thoughts on “Eats // Irish Soda Bread Knots

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  3. rae

    This looks absolutely fabulous. Lately I have gotten the urge to start baking, so I will def. try to make this for me and the boyfriend next week! Stunning photos as well.

    rae of lovefromberlin

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