Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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).
Originally published as Irish Soda Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p13

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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!"

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

"Really tasted good. Easy to make."

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."

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

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 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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