611 W. 22nd St. Suite A
Houston, TX 77008
Breads baked fresh daily, Kraftsman Baking has most likely provided you with some of your favorite breads in local Houston area restaurants. But that’s not the only way you can get your sweet breads, pastries and baguettes. Stop in at the bakery’s storefront and pick up your favorites, including one of the best Irish soda breads in Houston. How do they make that happen? Using only top milled flour, free from bleaching and bromates, as well as creating their preservative free products by hand.
3815 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027
Central Market may not be the first place you think of when you think Irish soda bread, but it will be once you try it. Not only is the over one pound loaf reasonably priced, but it is a dense, hearty, heavy loaf making a little go a long way, whether you are serving it warm with jam and butter or with soups and stews. Central Market’s Irish soda bread mixes the old with the new, with the traditional cross top, which dates back to medieval times. But then Central Market adds in caraway seeds and raisins, making it a blend of both salty and sweet bread.
1706 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
Roy Shvartzapel, one of Dessert Professional’s 2013 top 10 pastry chefs in America, is the founder of Common Bond Cafe and Bakery in Houston. While they don’t offer Irish soda bread on the regular “menu,” you can place a custom or bulk order by emailing them online. But it is worth the extra effort as Common Bond is known for its delicious, freshly baked croissants, brioche, breakfast pastries, cookies, brownies, desserts and specialty breads.
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For some, the true joy of authentic Irish Soda Bread is making it at home. Buttermilk meets baking soda, caraway seeds and raisins in this not-so-secret recipe from food experts at the Houston Chronicle. The trick to a super Irish soda bread: the best ingredients and don’t work the dough too hard.
810 Waugh Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77019
Described as an “authentic” Irish pub, Pimlico is for many the best place to go to get a pint of Guinness, a good Irish beef stew and a side of Irish soda bread. The parking lot fills fast, so be sure to get there early and enjoy either the indoor or outdoor patio seating.
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