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Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This is the best Irish soda bread I've ever had. It's lighter and softer than most others I've tried. We like slices spread with whipped butter. —Kerry Barnett-Amundson, Ocean Park, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, caraway seeds, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and sour cream. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • 2. Spoon into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing sides of pan. Cut into wedges; serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (12 wedges).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 359 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 355mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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bmgoep User ID: 4288998 245649
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Best Irish Soda bread I ever had. Moist and soft not dry and hard. First time I made it and it came out perfect. When preparing the dough is sticky and tacky but thats normal. You kind of have to squshi it a bit to flatten in the spring pan. I added extra raisens because I love them and omitted the caraway seeds. The familly LOVED it. Definitely a keeper!"

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armybratt User ID: 8255766 222184
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"Really tasted good. Easy to make."

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samwtch User ID: 1360290 209618
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"I had extra sour cream so this recipe fit my pantry for St Pat's day dinner. I did the knead thing and free formed it on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Also slightly rounded the baking powder and soda. Omitted the caraway too. I live at ~ 6000 feet but found that 45 minutes did the trick. It was wonderful! Best I've ever made. Can't wait to make toast with it."

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sasinc User ID: 7712506 175811
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Went GREAT with the St. Patrick's Day meal I served."

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porky1900 User ID: 4986929 140504
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"This is the best tasting Irish Soda bread I have ever had. Usually the ones that I had bought in previous years were dry and hard. I made it the day before yesterday for last nights corned beef and cabbage dinner. Everyone raved about it. Will definitely make it again and not just for St. Patricks Day. Made it exactly as recipe states other than using caraway seeds since everyone can't have seeds."

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FranJJJ User ID: 7199500 156058
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I agree with the comments that this bread in no way resembles traditional irish soda bread. It is more like a tea bread. Traditional or not, it's very good. Two tablespoons of carraway seeds infuses the bread with that distinctive, almost anise-like flavor, so if you don't like that taste, either cut way back on the amount or don't include it. I made the bread using a mixture of dried cherries, raisins, and cranberries instead of just raisins, and that worked out very well. The leftovers make outstanding toast."

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lauri0 User ID: 1243924 209617
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"i just made this and it still seemed dry and flavorless. i think it still needed a little buttermilk. i used some cheapy beaters to mix it because it was balling/crumbling. maybe that made it dry, and i forgot the salt."

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mom410kids User ID: 7183940 159992
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Loved this recipe! I ground the caraway seed in my coffee grinder, love the flavor not the texture. I only had 1 cup of sour cream so I substituted 1 cup of buttermilk with the sour cream. I also used 1 cup of whole wheat flour with 2 1/2 cups of all purpose, because I like the texture."

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cuonthbeach User ID: 5700557 171842
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Took this to a party last night and everyone raved about how moist it was. My husband loved it and this was most definitely a keeper. Will definitely make this again."

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GamiPami User ID: 7182148 173205
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"So today was My 43th wedding anniversary & being St. Patrick's Day thought I would cook dinner, 1st time making Corned Beef with potatoes & onions, then thought what else can I do? but of course Irish Soda bread... never making this before either I searched my sights includuing this one as all recipes called for buttermilk BUT this one was sour cream ...got that in the house & everything else so GO FOR IT!!!!! and glad I did it was SSSOOO GOOD husband said make that more often "just because" the corned beef was good but he was honest after dinner saying he really never liked corned beef, LOL What a guy 34 yrs later & now I realize why I never made it. And I cut the bread recipe in half as it was for Us two only & did what "calidreamin" suggested & baked on a cookie sheet that I lined with non-stick foil & it was PERFECT!!!!!"

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Starfire5 User ID: 3321692 102594
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I have been making Irish soda bread for over 30 years with my previous recipe - UNTIL I found this one a year or so ago. My only change is NO caraway seeds - I substituted 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (like my previous recipe). I can't stand caraway seeds, and the nutmeg is so much better. I also used half plain nonfat yogurt today and it was just as good as the sour cream. Great recipe - will continue to make this one (with my change, of course! ;) ). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I just don't get the caraway seeds. With my change, it is EXCELLENT!"

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 83184
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"We apparently do not like Irish Soda bread! This recipe was really easy to make though. I don't think there is anything wrong with the recipe I think we just don't like the flavor of the caraway seeds."

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maidinnj User ID: 7181767 171711
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I made this recipe today and LOVED it-- as did my whole family. It may not be the "real Irish deal" but it's quick and it's delicious. I upped the sugar to one cup, took out the caraway seeds, used dried cherries instead of raisins, and similar to others, I ended up literally mixing by hand and then moving by hand into the pan. When done, I sprinkled some cane sugar and cinnamon over the top. I will make this again (and again)."

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coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 159990
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"This was moist and not at all heavy like I thought it might be. I left out the caraway seeds, so it was more like a cake than a bread. When incorporating the wet and dry ingredients, it was too thick for a spoon, so I mixed it with my hands, being careful to only get the dry ingredients moistened. It got rave reviews when I took it to church. I plan on making it often."

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Teresa Cortez User ID: 6844508 102753
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"SO GOOD!!! It came out soft and moist. This is the BEST soda bread ever!!! I made it today for our St. Patrick's day lunch and everybody loved it!! This recipe is highly recommended by me. "

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dollargirl User ID: 939213 170665
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"For a non-Irish like me, this is just perfect! So delicious - we finished the first loaf in just one sitting and I had to make another the next day."

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Shellc1971 User ID: 6892458 83082
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"This is NOT a traditional Irish soda bread. It is a cake, at best. My family is Irish and I hate seeing how the traditional bread has been altered so much as to become a dessert. The bread is a simple mix of flour, sour milk (or buttermilk), baking soda, and salt. If the recipe calls for anything else, it is NOT a traditional Irish Soda bread. When were peasants in 19th century using all these fancy incredients?? They didn't. The recipe listed is ok but not much of a "soda bread"."

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califdreamin@nemont.net User ID: 2061061 209616
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"I haven't made this recipe, but it's very similar to the one I use and wanted to put in my 2cents worth. I scrape the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead a few times. It's sticky, so keep your hands and surface well dusted. I form it into a round ball and transfer it onto a cookie sheet that's been oiled with spray or a little whatever works. I flatten it slightly but not squished, and lightly score the surface into wedges. This wouldn't be necessary, but gives a nice appearance. In doing this, one does not need a springform pan and it looks more like authentic Irish Soda bread...

just sayin'"

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jobrug User ID: 3907145 140499
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"Best Irish Soda bread I've ever tasted. Nice and moist."

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sperbeckm User ID: 4516960 173202
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I love this recipe! Super-easy and yummy (and I love recipes that I can use my springform pan with, instead of it just sitting in the cabinet). Love the caraway and the raisins - I usually throw in a little bit extra of both. Once cooled, I usually throw a slice in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds to warm it up and serve with butter."

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Irish8Mom User ID: 6597019 99961
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Loved this recipe, but I think I made a mistake....I bought "lite" sour cream so the dough was very stiff. It was still moist but kind of difficult to "spoon" into the pan."

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1275 User ID: 6324211 173191
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Great recipe! I served this for my St. Patrick's day meal yesterday. I did make a few changes however. I halved the recipe because I thought it made a lot, and still put in an a 9 in. springform pan. I also used half sour cream and half buttermilk and left out the raisins. I baked it at the same temp. for only 30 minutes but I might have overbaked it a little. I might try 25 minutes next time and check it. I sliced it into 8 wedges. I loved the flavor, very interesting taste. My siblings loved the new appearance, they look like wedges of pie. It is probably a little dry for my tastes, but I will make it again because I like the flavor and they are great with butter on top."

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mandy0126 User ID: 1613388 102592
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Soft and delicious! Everyone loved it!"

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kodak853 User ID: 205458 102591
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"This turned out great! I had never made Irish Soda bread before and didn't know what to expect, pleasantly surprised! It was so moist."

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Foodieatheart67 User ID: 6434037 171709
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"This looks great!"

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Balbright User ID: 4555872 175803
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"I had never had Irish Soda bread before but this was very easy and fantastic! I love the caraway seeds but not everyone does. It is not diet by any means but it is awesome for once a year."

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adelaide03 User ID: 5893490 209615
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"very easy, better tasting than others I've tried that were much more involved"

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lsmith1121 User ID: 2667168 171839
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"This is the best and easiest recipe ever! It has become a St. Patrick's Day tradition in our home."

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kredhead User ID: 710648 140498
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012 Edited Mar. 30, 2016

"Tired of tasteless & hard soda bread from the store, I tried this recipe and now it is my go-to Irish Soda bread recipe. This is not like typical dry soda bread, it is moist and delicious. I use golden raisins, it tasted authentic and remained moist. The dough is sticky and hard to mix-I broke my scraper trying to fold in the raisins! Well worth the effort, quick & easy..and delicious. Edit..4 years later am still making this recipe, now knead & freeform. I use 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds & rub them in my hands to release the flavor before adding & it is plenty flavorful."

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cklop User ID: 5532820 209614
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"I skipped the caraway seeds (didn't care for it) and this bread is yummy. The whole family loved it. Will make it again definitely!"

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jaykayone User ID: 5885194 171707
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"i will make this again - my entire family loved it and it was easy to make !"

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flyglo User ID: 1401480 173186
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"Excellent...I agree a bit more cake like but it was fabulous with my Guinness Irish Stew on St. Patty's day. Had many requests for the recipe. I also made traditional soda bread that was everyone's second choice. This is a keeper!"

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sperbeckm User ID: 4516960 171706
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"Very easy recipe - took me awhile to find caraway in the store, but worth it; it added a nice taste to the bread. Very soft and moist bread, and it gave me an excuse to use my springform pans. Will definitely make again!"

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ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 159989
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"i liked the use of the springform pan in this recipe. it stayed moist and was on the sweet side. more like a cake than the traditional loaf."

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sherri6332000 User ID: 2580978 173119
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"I don't know what true Irish Soda is supposed to taste like, but this recipe works great for me. I tweeked it some and cut the recipe in half as it would've been too much for me and I baked it in an 8 inch springform pan. I also bought it for this recipe, but it's ok as I've seen many recipes I've wanted to try that needed one of these pans. I left out the caraway seeds and soaked the raisins in orange juice. When I made the dough I added the juice as well. Was a tad sticky and I didn't want to add more flour so it was more or less a drop dough that I pressed in the pan. It came out awesome, the juice made a difference. Also sprinkled sugar/cinnamon on top before baking. Smelled heavenly"

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summer888 User ID: 4210811 85233
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"This is great! I made it for a work potluck and got great feedback. I think it would make a good stand-in for cornbread with a soup or stew. I don't like caraway much but it fits this recipe nicely. I forgot to put in the raisins but didn't miss them. The dough looks like buttermilk biscuit dough, gooey and sticky but not runny or a ball. Does anyone else think this recipe would work in a regular 8" round cake pan? I bought a springform just for this, and while it was easy, I'm not sure it was necessary."

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leannas User ID: 5405574 102589
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times now and it always gets rave reviews, even from the kids who don't always like raisins in their baked goods. It is so moist! If you don't care for the taste of caraway seeds, I have made this recipe without them and it turns out fine either way. You can substitute buttermilk for the sour cream."

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char4164 User ID: 5083288 159988
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I added chocolate chips instead of raisins. I also took out the caraway seeds and added green sprinkles. It was a nice sweet treat for the kids (and myself)."

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chillybeans User ID: 5520756 99958
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I was just wondering if it is supposed to be more like a ball of dough or is it supposed to be gooey dough? I was basically pushing it into the pan instead of pouring it! What did I do wrong?"

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dollargirl User ID: 939213 85227
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Very easy to make, nice flavor from the carraway seeds."

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BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 173117
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"This was disgusting. The caraway seeds made it taste horrible. We did not like this at all. I will definitely not make this again."

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clumbatt User ID: 4429302 175801
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"This bread is great. I didn't have caraway seeds but the bread is still great. I made it for a dinner party and everyone really liked it. Will definitely make it again."

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mahllynn User ID: 5881632 171705
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Hello Vinny 0131, you stated last year that you had a great recipe for Irish Soda bread.  Can you share it?  I don't like the caraway seeds in this one either. 

Thanks!
Mahllynn 
 "

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lurky27 User ID: 1251896 156056
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"YUM! My husband baked this as a surprise treat for us. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

~ Theresa"

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kayesandra User ID: 2865031 175798
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"I have tried other Irish Soda bread recipes and found all to be rather dry, coarse & tasteless. This may not be "Real" Irish Soda bread and that's probably why my family all loved it. Thanks for a great recipe that I will be making again & again."

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squatch44 User ID: 1875150 171703
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"Easy to make...taste good...what more could you ask for!"

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DmKottwitz User ID: 2550026 175797
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"I have made this bread for several years and my family loves it. Other Irish soda breads are tasteless and hard. I don't waste my money to make the others."

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mrtweet2@sbcglobal.net User ID: 2666061 102588
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"what is the carb count on one slice"

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claudiaj User ID: 4172623 102747
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"I just made this bread today. Usually, I make soda bread with buttermilk, but now I will use sour cream. Everyone loved it."

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HollinsNo1 User ID: 554409 170664
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I have always wanted to try Irish Soda bread and I made this today. It is delicious."

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holee User ID: 819466 102745
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"absolutely fantastic. Had a slice for lunch while hot and hubby said it was the best I have ever made. Thanks for the recipe. Fantabulous."

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MustLoveDogs User ID: 3540039 173116
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"My family did not care for the caraway seeds and it may not be "old world" soda bread (maybe closer to shortbread in taste) but it was very good!"

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tkarinas User ID: 4389335 170663
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"Oddly enough, I find this recipe delicious and so does my family. I know a lot of people do not agree but we like it and will be making it many more times."

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vinny0131 User ID: 4874584 175794
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"NIX the caraway seeds!1 I have a recipe for Irish soda bread that is made with lowfat buttermilk and golden raisins, no comparison!!!!!!"

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lizabtha User ID: 3093262 99957
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"To call this soda bread is just wrong. It's an okay quick bread, but it sure isn't Irish Soda bread. The flavour is all wrong."

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ChosenCheesecake User ID: 3501485 83081
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"My 13 year old daughter made this recipe on her own for a social studies project. It was fabulous! I was so impressed, hope her teacher is too!"

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