A simple Irish soda bread recipe that is naturally sweetened with real maple syrup.
Perfect for breakfast, on the side or as a snack!
This sweet soda bread is made in a cast iron skillet for a tasty golden crust. When you make Irish soda bread in cast iron skillet, the bread bakes up golden brown and the center is perfectly cooked and light. 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.
What is Irish Soda Bread?
It’s a super easy non-complicated recipe made without yeast and can be considered similar to a quick bread recipe. It’s also sort of rustic because once all of the ingredients have come together the dough is turned out onto your counter and shaped into a ball just before it is baked. Or you can do as I did here and make 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, and I added real maple syrup to my dough in place of sugar.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Maple syrup
- Dried cherries
- Melted butter
- Granulated sugar
How to Make Skillet Maple Irish Soda Bread
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Lightly spray the inside of a 12 inch cast iron skillet with some nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- Stir in the eggs.
- In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk and maple syrup.
- Slowly add your wet ingredients to the flour and eggs. Mix until incorporated.
- Add in the cherries and melted butter.
- Press the dough down into your prepared pan and brush the tops of the bread with butter.
- Sprinkle some sugar over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until just golden brown.
What does soda bread taste like?
This bread has a very similar taste and texture to biscuits and is usually served with butter, jam, or meat (similar to how you’d serve a biscuit).
Is Irish soda bread really Irish?
Yes, the bread recipe origins are from Ireland and the traditional soda bread has been in the country for a very long time and helped many people through dark times thanks to the basic and simple ingredients needed to make it.
How do you eat Irish soda bread?
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- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 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.
Amount Per Serving Calories 260Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 63mgSodium 741mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 6g