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Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread

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Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread is an easy-to-make no-yeast bread that has a wonderful crispy crust and a nice biscuit-like texture on the inside that is filled with dried cranberries and raisins. It is the perfect treat to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. 

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Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread

I love St. Patrick’s Day! It means I get to enjoy my Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage and of course this Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread. If I am being honest I may throw in a green beer as well for the adults! If you love Irish soda bread, then you are going to want to try this Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread recipe! It is so easy to make and ready in about 30 minutes! It is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s day meal! 

What is Irish Soda Bread?

Irish Soda bread is a quick bread (meaning it does not contain yeast) that comes together so quickly and is typically enjoyed around St. Patrick’s Day. 

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Irish Soda bread is a more dense bread with more of a biscuit texture rather than a bread texture. I think this is one of the reasons you see people serve it with butter and jam. 

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Ingredients

  • 4 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter, Slightly Softened 
  • ½ Cup Golden Raisins
  • ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Large Egg, Beaten
  • 1 ¾ Cups Buttermilk
  • Cooking Spray

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • 7in Cake Pan or Spring Form Pan
  • Pastry Blender

How to Make Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk 4 ½ cups of flour together with the sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  • Using a pastry blender or your hands, work the butter into the flour until coarse. Stir in the raisins and cranberries.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add in the beaten egg and buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon. The dough should become stiff but still slightly sticky.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured surface and split it in half, shape into two round loaves.
  • Transfer the dough into lightly greased 7-in cake pans or spring-form pans. Using a sharp knife, score each dough with an “X” on top. This helps for even cooking.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 320℉. Cook each dough one at a time for 20-25 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, then it is done.
  • Remove from cake pans and let rest on a cooking rack for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve the bread warm or at room temperature. Optional spreads: Butter, Honey, Jams or Jellies. 

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Be sure to score the bread so it cooks evenly in the Air Fryer. 
  • If you prefer you can use golden raisins. 
  • Be sure to not overwork the dough, this will cause it to become denser. 
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Storage

This bread is best enjoyed fresh the day you make it. I do not recommend storing it in the fridge. 

Can you freeze Irish Soda Bread?

Yes, Irish Soda bread does freeze well. You will want to wrap it several times with plastic wrap and then in foil. This will last for about 2 months. 

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Do you eat Irish Soda Bread Warm?

Irish Soda bread is typically served warm or at room temperature. 

What can I add to this?

If you prefer you can add butter, honey, or jelly as you enjoy your soda bread slice by slice. 

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Can I still make this if I don’t have buttermilk?

If you find yourself without buttermilk you can add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 ¾ cups of whole milk. Stir these together and let them sit for about 5 minutes. This will taste very similar to buttermilk. 

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Yield: 2 loaves

Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread

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Air Fryer Irish Soda Bread is an easy-to-make no-yeast bread that has a wonderful crispy crust and a nice biscuit-like

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter, Slightly Softened
  • ½ Cup Golden Raisins
  • ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Large Egg, Beaten
  • 1 ¾ Cups Buttermilk
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk 4 ½ cups of flour together with the sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Using a pastry blender or your hands, work the butter into the flour until coarse. Stir in the raisins and cranberries.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add in the beaten egg and buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon. The dough should become stiff but still slightly sticky.
  4. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and split in half, shape into two round loaves.
  5. Transfer the dough into lightly greased 7in cake pans or spring form pans. Using a sharp knife, score each dough with an “X” on top. This helps for even cooking.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 320℉. Cook each dough one at a time for 20-25 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, then it is done.
  7. Remove from cake pans and let rest on a cooking rack for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve the bread warm or at room temperature. Optional spreads: Butter, Honey, Jams or Jellies. 

Notes

I do not recommend storing the bread in the refrigerator. It is best eaten freshly baked that day.

You can however store it in the freezer by wrapping several times with plastic wrap and then covering with foil, up to 2 months in the freezer.

Buttermilk Substitution, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1¾ cup of whole milk. Stir and let sit for a few minutes. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1713Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 1788mgCarbohydrates: 294gFiber: 11gSugar: 68gProtein: 41g

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