- 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.)"