Make-A-Meal Mondays: Child-Friendly Sweet Raisin Irish Soda Bread

Some of the bakers with some newly baked bread

Image by National Library of Scotland via Flickr

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…here’s a simple Irish Soda Bread recipe that your child can help prepare.

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 Tb margarine
  • 1 beaten egg (reserve 1 Tb)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 Tb honey
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Greased baking sheet

The bread is supposed to serve 16, but it will probably be less, because everyone will want seconds and thirds. 🙂

1.   In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2.   Cut in margarine until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

3.   Combine raisins, beaten egg (minus the 1 Tb) and buttermilk.

4.   Add this to the flour mixture and stir until moistened.

5.   On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough gently for 1 minute.

6.   On a greased baking sheet, shape dough into a 6-inch round loaf.

7.   Cut a 4-inch cross, ¼ inch deep, on the top.

8.   Brush with reserved tablespoon of egg.

9.   Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes until golden and cool on rack.

Important tip: When I made bread with my own children and the children in my daycare group, we always made enough dough so that EACH child could make his or her OWN small bread.  The families of the daycare children definitely looked forward to our bread-making day each week…and how proud each child was, clutching his wrapped bread loaf as he made his way home!

Why do I always encourage parents to invite their young children into the kitchen to help cook and bake?

When your children help measure and mix the ingredients, they are gaining a sense of competence and confidence, two of the building blocks of high self-esteem.

When you spend time with your children, participating joyfully in an activity, your children understand that they are worthy of your precious time and they are people of value…these are also important factors in acquiring a positive self-image.

Would you like 99 other simple child-friendly cooking activities?

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Please stop by tomorrow for Quotable Timeless Tuesdays.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on March 14, 2011, in baking with children, children, Cooking with children, Daycare Providers, Homeschooling, parenting, Positive Parental Participation, recipes, self-esteem, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I love Irish Soda Bread. Did you post this on the Munchie Monday blog hop?

    Thanks, Vivian


  2. Thanks for the reminder, Nancy.
    I was thinking about it…so glad you provided me with the link. 🙂


  3. Hi there! This looks like a fabulous recipe! Thank you so much for joining us for a little networking at Give It To Me Monday, I know just what you mean.. so many distractions out there! Thank you for sharing your blog with us, really nice! Hope to see you every Monday 😉


    • Thank you, Dawn!
      I’ll give it my best shot…and thanks for stopping by here. 🙂
      I am in awe of those of you who have thousands of followers…because I realize how much time it takes to: write your own posts, review stuff, read your comments and then respond to them!
      You have my respect and admiration!


  4. I love soda bread and your recipe looks quite delicious. I agree that activities are a great bonding opportunity… make soda bread and then enjoy eating it. Given its simplicity, I might make it after all. 🙂
    Thank you,


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