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Favorite Irish Bread Recipe

Favorite Irish Bread Recipe

My friend Mary Manning was born in Ireland-and so was her easy-to-make bread recipe. Folks stand in line to get a slice. Serve it with butter, jam and a hot cup of tea. —Sadie M. Rotondo, Rockland, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:27 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins and, if desired, caraway seeds.
  • 2. Transfer to a 9-in.-square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 145 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

Reviews for Favorite Irish Bread

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dianned706 User ID: 5681642 117003
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"The first problem I have with this recipe has to do with the number of servings. At the top of the recipe, it states 27 servings. Above the nutritional information is 12 servings. Which is it supposed to be? Secondly, I baked the bread, as directed in a 9-inch square pan. The bread was doughy inside. It was not cooked completely for another hour! It was tasty but because of these issues, I will not make it again."

mwebb20533 User ID: 2987542 162358
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"My family did not care for this bread. I didn't find it to be flavorful at all. It was quick and easy to make but that's all I can say."

soumar User ID: 2220169 176127
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"This recipe was delicious and quick to make. I used half raisins and half blueberry craisins. Thought caraway seeds might be odd in there as it was so sweet, but they gave it a kind of fun twist. It was very moist and sweet. my family devoured it."

firstshirt78 User ID: 7192691 108725
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"had no 2% so I used my grandson's Green Vanilla flavored milk. local company makes it every year for St. patty's. My family went nuts over it. Very moist, very tasty."

grandmastouch User ID: 2476266 162302
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"We enjoyed this bread. It had a nice texture and somewhat sweet flavor. I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins and did not add the caraway seeds. I made a nice breakfast bread."

lmckin User ID: 2884102 162299
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"Made first time for St. Paddy's Day lunch as per recipe ... everyone raved over it. 2nd time made for a quilting group but left out caraway seeds and used dried cranberries instead of raisins. Everyone present had to have recipe. My wife has decided that will be a permanent addition to our cookbook!"

jbillitti User ID: 2839492 176032
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"Exceptional when toasted! Made the recipe as is except omitted caraway seeds and substituted half the raisin with diced plums to cut down fruit sweetness. This is a great "tea" bread and so easy to make. I'd love to make mini-loaves but am unsure of bake time; I guess I'll experiment!

Thanks for a great recipe...."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 93068
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"the first time I made this I only used half of the caraway seeda...the second time I used dried cranberries...vey yummy both times...keep this on hand to bake in a hurry to give to neighbors.."

donna r. knox User ID: 3061256 177683
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"My husband loved this, especially with the caraway seeds. It I is so quick and easy to make."

moogette User ID: 6035701 177680
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"A bit sweet, but not overwhelmingly so and the texture is more cake-like but if you can deal with these comments, the "bread" is absolutely delicious and really easy to make. Let's see, 4 starts or 5? Definitely a big 5."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 96110
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"I did not add the caraway seeds. It was more sweet than I expected. More of a teatime bread."

dragonlady27 User ID: 5209131 108724
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Made this today. Never had Irish soda bread before. This was great!! Only used 1 tablespoon caraway which gave it enough flavor. Will definitely make again."

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 176030
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"Simple as you can get ... but make more ... you'll need it.


ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 93067
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"on st patrick's day i made several different loaves of irish bread variations. although not traditional in shape, taste, or ingredients, this was a favorite with everyone. it is moist, tasty, and easy to make. a little on the sweet side, but that is a good thing."

jenwarz1 User ID: 1119237 176029
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Delicious! I did a mixture of golden raisins and regular and only used 1 Tbls of caraway seeds--just the right flavor without being overpowering."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1461500 103364
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"The breads in Ireland are reason enough to visit that country! We stopped at a little tiny lunch place in a house in a village in the Republic of Ireland. We couldn't have found it for ourselves, but our Irish friends knew it was there. I think it was a bakery with a few tables for eating lunch. We had a wonderful barley & vegetable soup and a loaf of wheaten bread to slice and spread with butter. It was to die for!"

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