Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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My best friend Rita shared this irresistible Irish soda bread recipe. It bakes up high, with a golden brown top and a combination of sweet and savory flavors. —Jan Alfano, Prescott, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 wedge: 227 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Stir in raisins. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In a bowl, combine buttermilk, oil and remaining eggs; stir into flour mixture just until moistened (dough will be sticky). Transfer to a greased 9-in. round baking pan; brush top with reserved egg.
  2. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into wedges. Yield: 1 loaf (12 wedges).
Originally published as Irish Soda Bread in Country Woman February/March 2011, p39

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 223034
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"I have never had Irish soda bread before--let alone made it! I made this as part of my St. Patty's Day meal and it was awesome. Especially with a little butter :) It was so easy too. Thanks for sharing!"

DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 222903
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"KEMull55, it says that you set aside 1 tablespoon of the beaten egg and add the rest of the eggs to the flour mixture. The one tablespoon is for brushing on top, and almost two whole eggs go into the bread itself. (I haven't tried it yet, but I'll give it 4 stars so I can add the comment. It looks like it'll turn out great.)"

KEMull55 User ID: 8290128 222732
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015 Edited Mar. 21, 2015

"Excellent. I did add 2T of melted butter to the mix when it was time to stir together."

silverfx User ID: 33781 129975
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"Came out perfectly! The only thing I did was plump up the raisins prior to adding to the mix. the whole family loved it! Guess I'll have to make more!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 209054
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"I made this for an Irish-themed dinner party and it was good! Very quick and easy. I've never had Irish Soda bread, so I didn't know what to expect, but I was surprised that it is more of a sweet bread. I'm not a fan of raisins, but they were great in the bread."

Fappa User ID: 6909641 154815
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"This was the first time I ever made or tasted Irish Soda bread, but it won't be the last! It was wonderful. Made it for a small dinner party and everyone really enjoyed it. Easy to make and delicious and it was just as good the next day. Thanks for a new favorite!"

SassyLacey User ID: 4962891 96543
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"This was delicious and my husband loved it. I would make it again, but only if I have lots of people to eat it, for it was too much for two."

skinnyagainsoon User ID: 5863940 166908
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"Tried this recipe for the first time on Saint Patrick's Day. Followed recipe exactly and it turned out great, everyone loved it. Made another one. Decided to lessen the sugar slightly and increase the b'milk slightly. Also put the raisins in hot water briefly before adding. Great recipe. Will make again and again."

Olmalu User ID: 6367532 106675
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I made this for our St. Patrick's Day brunch. Everyone loved it. Very easy to make and it tasted so butter. We like it with butter."

johanna005 User ID: 1526956 96542
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"This was the first time I ever made (and ate) Irish soda bread. This recipe is easy, and the bread was delicious. I had buttermilk left over, so I made another loaf the next day. I followed the recipe as written, except I shorted the sugar (as I do in every recipe) and the raisins. This is a keeper -- thanks for sharing it!"

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