A simple Irish soda bread recipe that is naturally sweetened with real maple syrup. Perfect for breakfast, on the side or as a snack!
I believe there are 1.5 million uses for a good cast iron skillet. I’ve slowly been working my way through them. I might be on number 15 or so. I’ve made nachos in a cast iron skillet, pasta, pizza, burgers, and biscuits. Now I can cross another “must try skillet recipe” off my list, Irish Soda Bread!
I used think Irish soda bread was complicated but in actuality, it could not be simpler. It is not traditional yeast style bread; it does not need time to rise. This bread is more of a mix and go sort of bread, which happens to be the kind of bread I prefer-easy.
Soda bread is also a rustic sort of bread. Once all the ingredients have come together the dough is turned out onto your counter and shaped into a ball just before it is baked. Sure, I too could have baked mine into a ball, but where’s the fun in that? As I mentioned I am enamored with my cast iron skillet; I had to try my hand at skillet soda bread.
Another thing about soda bread is it isn’t that sweet. Sometimes it is baked up with raisin or currants and only contains a scant amount of sugar. For this recipe, I used dried cherries in place of raisins (I rarely use raisins, I sort of hate them.) and I added real maple syrup to my dough in place of sugar.
After all was said and done, I decided that I am a really smart soda bread maker. The bread baked up golden brown in my skillet with only a slightly sweet flavor. The texture of this soda bread reminds me of a scone, it is flakey and light and when you eat with a dollop of butter on top you will be convinced that time needs to stand still so you can savor each, lovely bite.
10 minPrep Time
30 minTotal Time
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup maple syrup (I used Private Selection)
- 3 oz dried cherries
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 12-inch cast iron skillet with non-stick spray.
- In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in eggs. In a separate bowl, stir together buttermilk and maple syrup. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Add cherries and melted butter.
- Press dough into the prepared skillet. Brush the top of the bread with butter and sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar. Bake bread for 30 minutes or just until golden brown.
- *I used Kroger brand products to create this recipe.