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Mar 11, 2008 06:28 AM

Authentic Irish Soda Bread

Where would you go to buy the best authentic Irish soda bread in Boston, and I mean authentic no raisins or fruit

Thanks In advance

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  1. FInd a recipe on line and make it. Virtually all commercial loaves have raisins or currants (better).

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    1. re: TonyO

      Marion Cunningham's recipe in "Baking with Julia" is my standard. Nothing but flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk. It's fast, easy, authentic, and DELICIOUS.

    2. I am pretty sure Greenhills Irish Bakery on Adams Street in Dorchester does it this way.

      1. To eat as part of a meal, or just a loaf? Matt Murphy's in Brookline has the best soda bread I've ever had, but it's a pub so I don't think you could just buy a loaf.

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        1. re: bobot

          I agree, that bread is amazing. It's whole grain though isn't it? Anyone know how it is made?? Whole wheat flour? Rye? Oats? It's been too long since I have had it.
          I would love to know how it's made. And do they bake it there?

          1. re: poptart

            Wholemeal flour and there are several grades, as well as brown bread mix. Kiki's in Brighton, Farmer's Bounty in Davis... Kiki's also sells potato and soda farls.


            1. re: itaunas

              Thanks so much! I am excited to try it! Gotta make a trip to Kiki's.

              1. re: poptart

                I usually buy the coarse wholemeal, but the grayish brown bread at Matt Murphy's uses the regular (I sometimes mix it with a soft wheat flour too, but think they do minimally). I have had a darker bread at MM's too, but can't remember it (there is a bread along these lines at Kiki's).

                BTW, I think MM servers Dairy Gold Unsalted butter, or at least they did and its pretty hard to find (for most things I prefer salted Irish butter). I incidentally saw it at Market Basket in Somerville a couple of days ago and was pretty surprised (as well as President french butter), but there wasn't much of it.

            2. re: poptart

              The recipe for Matt Murphy's brown bread was posted on their website when I looked there a month or so ago.

              1. re: whops

                Thank you! WIll definitely check that out.

                1. re: poptart

                  I see the recipe printed in the Food Section of today's Globe too!

                  1. re: whops

                    Fantastic! I just saved it to my computer. Thanks! Can't wait to try it.

            3. re: bobot

              I work for a catering company in Brookline and have begged for their brown bread loaves on occasion and they were very accommodating. I think they charged me $5 a round for the brown bread. Be sure to call before to set it all up and bring cash.

            4. Keltic Crust Bakery in West Newton has soda bread but i don't know if it has raisins. You could call them. Also, I noticed that Russo's in Watertown is advertising Irish Soda Bread. Again, not sure what is in it.

              1. Thanks to all who have posted will try those out, Regards Dave