- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add raisins. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet; pat into a 7-in. round loaf. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of the loaf. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Reviews for Moist Irish Soda Bread
"I made 14 of these loaves for my church bake sale this past weekend and they sold out immediately! I made 2 loaves out of each batch of dough, added an extra tablespoon of butter and 1/2 cup more raisins. I didn't over knead the dough and shaped each loaf into a slightly mounded round. I cut a 1/2" deep cross on each. These changes resulted in a reduced baking time, which ensured greater moistness. I will be using this recipe again for future bake sales!"
"Very good. Everyone enjoyed it, and it was nice and moist."
"While I liked the bread, famiky didn't, so won't be making it again. I will just cut up the leftovers for croutons."
"Excellent moist Irish Soda bread. I used the darker raisins. I liked the larger size loaf as I'm serving 8 this evening. There will be plenty. This is a keeper for me."
"I love Irish Soda bread and always try to find one that is a little more "truer" to the traditional recipes. I did omit the raisins and I prefer *traditional Irish soda bread. It was a great recipe and I will keep it on hand for future use.*(being of Irish descent, I like recipes that are close to traditional. Irish soda bread was for the poorer families and consisted of 4 basic ingredients - flour, baking soda, salt, milk or sour milk. The poorer families couldn't afford the extravagant ingredients such as raisins, currants, nuts, etc., that are found in newer recipes.)"
"Made this to go along with Favorite Irish Stew (also on this site) and it was great. Perfect meal."