Hawthorne Baking Class: Irish Soda Bread

Earlier this month residents at St. John’s Meadows community, the Hawthorne baked a traditional Irish recipe with a dessert twist. While enjoying a classic Irish playlist you can find here, residents made the delicious recipe below.


Muriel and Bea help mix in the dry ingredients.

Bread Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups of raisins

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margarine.
  • Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg.
  • Stir in raisins slowly.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.
  • Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.
  • For the glaze, combine all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Once the bread has cooled slightly, brush over the top of the bread.
  • Enjoy!!

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