Irish Soda Bread is a type of quick bread that doesn't use any yeast - instead, all of its leavening comes from baking soda and buttermilk. Specifically, the acid in the buttermilk reacts with the base of the baking soda to provide the bread's leavening. This Irish Soda bread was passed down to me from one of my great-aunt's, and my family has enjoyed it for years.
This bread is a delightful mix of being soft, dense, yummy sweet pops of raisins, and has a wonderful crusty outside. Slather on some delicious Irish butter for a great afternoon snack, hearty side dish or even breakfast!
My family prefers Irish Soda Bread without caraway seeds, but feel free to add 1 teaspoon if you wish! Also, some people prefer the bread without raisins, so feel free to leave those out as well.