Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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This traditional Irish soda bread can be made with an assortment of mix-ins such as dried fruit and nuts, but I like it with a handful of raisins. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs, divided use
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 210 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and buttermilk. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Shape into a round loaf.
  2. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow "X" on the top of loaf. Beat remaining egg; brush over loaf. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Remove from pan to a wire rack; serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Irish Soda Bread in Taste of Home February/March 1995, p33

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 264305
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

"Hi Robert,

The pan in question is the sheet pan you baked the free form loaf of bread on.
Hope that helps!
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

Robert User ID: 9119081 263895
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"There is one very important element missing from the recipe, the 9 inch, round, spring pan. We are instructed in this recipe to place the kneaded loaf on to a baking sheet. When the bread is finished baking in the oven, we are then instructed to remove the bread from the pan and place it on wire rack. So, it seems to me the necessary step of putting the kneaded loaf into a greased pan before placing in the heated oven must be included in this recipe."

I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 246690
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"This is a perfect soda bread recipe. It is not supposed to have a kick, it is meant to be served and eaten with an Irish Stew for instance (with or without raisins) or served at tea time with some clotted cream. It is great with many foods. : )"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 246129
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"It's okay, not great. I'd avoid the egg on the top and brush it with butter instead."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 245735
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"I made this for St. Patrick's Day ! Super easy and very tasty ! It is perfect toasted as well . The raisins & the brown sugar at a good amount of sweetness ."

mygunner User ID: 8455047 245642
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"use 3 tblsp b sugar, 1 tblsp caraway seeds, 1 cup raisins"

bearlibby User ID: 8702738 245529
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016 Edited Mar. 19, 2016

"It was great but I did some changes. I used 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of butter. I mixed 1 tablespoon of orange zest in the buttermilk/egg mixture. I used 1 cup of currants hydrated first with boiling water over them for 5 minutes than drained. I baked for 30 minutes then put foil over the top the last 5 minutes of baking. Also, after brushing with egg wash before baking I sprinkled a little turbinado on top before baking.

Becky Weyer in Bend, Oregon"

jackie.baker User ID: 3555282 223280
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Very good Irish soda bread and easy to make. Will definitely make again."

mrenda User ID: 5393618 2435
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"This was a really tasty bread! My husband and I enjoyed it. Made just as the recipe said to and it turned out perfect. I will be adding this to our St Patrick's day menu."

caree929 User ID: 3830950 2432
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"This is wonderfully easy and very yummy! I'm not a fan of caraway seeds so I always make this bread for St. Patrick's Day. I also don't like raisins in my bread and I've found that this tastes just perfect without them if there are others who want to go that route!"

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