Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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My best friend Rita O’Malley 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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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!"

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.)"

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."

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!"

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."

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