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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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 264378
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017 Edited Apr. 7, 2017

"Moist & delicious, more a raisin cake than a bread. I made more than a dozen of these for my church's two-day St. Patrick's Day bake Sale and they sold out in a flash. One gentleman even came back the next day and asked me if I had a baking business and, if so, could he place an order with me for more of these Irish Soda Breads! Of course, I directed him to the Taste of Home website!"

LDaisy User ID: 5541821 263739
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"Excellent just as written!"

chocolatecookies User ID: 1014884 263604
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"Made this bread for St. Patrick's Day. It is delicious, soft inside with a nice crust. The only change I made was to use only a half cup of raisins (plumped), just our preference. Removed from oven at 42 minutes because it was smelling like it might be getting too done - it was perfect then. Thanks, Jan, for sharing this recipe."

Kim User ID: 9110814 263519
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"Could you bake this in a cast iron skillet? Would it be same temp.and cooking length"

mamalora User ID: 8405795 263464
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"Just baked it first time this morning. I had soda bread many times. This was the best soda bread I ever had. Thank you for wonderful recipe."

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."

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