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Elegant Soda Bread

I received a request for this recipe so I’ll go ahead and pass it along.

Elegant Soda Bread

Courtesy of Father Dominic Garramone


4 cups Naturally White Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
3 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander
2 cups Buttermilk
Butter, melted (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and coriander into a medium mixing bowl. Gradually add buttermilk, stirring until smooth. The dough will be quite soft; do not overmix.

Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, form each half into a round, slightly flattened shape. Place in greased pie plates. Cut a cross in the center of the top using a sharp knife dipped in flour; the cross keeps the loaf from splitting during baking.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 45 to 60 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on both the top and bottom. Remove from pans and let cool on wire racks. While loaves are still hot, brush the tops with butter, if desired.

Father Dominic’s Note
If you omit the coriander, reduce the sugar to 2 tsp. and add 1 (15-ounce) package raisins, you’ll have my mother’s favorite Irish soda bread recipe. She got it from Mrs. Jones, and Irish woman whose son was a priest who taught my mom in high school in Denver.

Mom used to make soda bread for the bake sale at St. Francis Hospital, which was always held the week before St. Patrick’s Day. She’d tie a green ribbon through the cross to make it more attractive for the sale, but she needn’t have bothered. The people working behind the counter often bought it right out of her hand!