Chef Kumin’s Irish Soda Bread

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Chef Kumin’s Irish Soda Bread


  • Bread flour: 1 pound, 11 ounces
  • Salt: 3/8 ounce
  • Baking soda: 1/8 ounce
  • Baking powder: ¼ ounce
  • Sugar: 6 ounces
  • Caraway seeds: 1¼ ounce
  • Eggs: 5 ounces
  • Buttermilk: 1 pint
  • Raisins: 5 ounces


  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, then slowly add the buttermilk and raisins.
  3. Stir gently until the mixture just comes together.
  4. Gently move the dough to a large baking sheet or lightly greased cast iron skillet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until brown on the bottom and done.

Tips from Judy:

  • Bread flour has more protein in it than traditional flours, which makes it perfect for tasty loaves of bread. This extra protein helps with gluten development.
  • If you can’t get your hands on bread flour, but you happen to have vital wheat gluten, then you can add a little bit of that to all-purpose flour in order to approximate bread flour.
  • This bread is not yeasted, which makes it perfect for when you want to make a speedy baking project without fiddly rise times.

Wisdom from Chef Kumin:

  • The best lesson I learned from Chef Kumin was to always understand the science of the ingredients with which you are working.
  • And remember, mistakes are lessons and can be used as learning opportunities.

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