This is NOT a traditional Irish soda bread because it has sugar, eggs, and butter, and traditional bread has only four ingredients: flour, buttermilk, salt, and soda. However, this is an amazing bread. I have searched for ten years or better to find a soda bread (traditional or not) that all my kids like, and that balances the traditional flavor with a bit of richness. This is it.
I did make one tiny change, which I think really added some character to it. No, I did not add raisins, as they are strictly forbidden in Irish soda bread, but when it came to stirring in the melted butter, I stirred in half, then poured the batter into my pan, and poured the other half all over the top of the bread before I baked it. The crust came out buttery rich and delicious while the crumb is soft, only slightly sweet, and is very rich tasting. The BEST soda bread I have found.
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This is NOT a traditional Irish soda bread because it has sugar, eggs, and butter, and...