Authentic Irish Bread – Easy and So Good!
It was a no-brainer deciding what to feature on the first day of the new year. Irish bread is one of those family foods that has always been present. This is my Irish grandmother’s recipe. I grew up eating this bread. It is the perfect anytime bread – breakfast, with tea, or as a treat. It is always present at Maney family gatherings. I love that it is not overly sweet and that it is so easy. We often bring this to potlucks and church events. I have to admit that I first started bringing it places because it was easy to make, inexpensive, and I always had the ingredients on hand. I continue to bring the Irish bread because people request it – And I love it!
Authentic Irish Bread - Easy and So Good!
A delicious bread perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. Serve the slice with butter and enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 375 F and grease a loaf pan.
Cream the butter, sugar and then add the egg to thoroughly combine.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt and then stir in the caraway seeds.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients alternately with the milk starting and ending with the dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Stir in the raisins. The dough will be very stiff and sticky.
Place dough in prepared loaf pan and bake at 375 F for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on rack.
I really enjoy the flavor of caraway seeds and use a tablespoon when baking the bread for us. My Uncle Jerry was not a fan and always left the caraway seeds out. This is an easy bread, but you want to make sure that your bread is not gooey from being under cooked, nor dry from being over baked. So even though I have made this recipe at least a hundred times, I always test with a toothpick and keep a close watch on it. Enjoy!