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Most Popular Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Most Popular Irish Soda Bread Recipe

“My husband’s family is Irish. Wanting to impress my future mother-in-law, I baked this bread and took it along with me when I met her the first time. Needless to say, it worked!” —Padmini Roy-Dixon, Columbus, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • 1. Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • 3. Transfer to a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 161 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 359 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"I chose this recipe because I didn't have to knead the dough AND it used whole wheat flour. I added 1 and 1/2 cups raisins and I like the idea of sprinkled sugar the next time (lurky27). It fit perfectly in my 9 x 5 pan (bakingf)."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"YUM! Fit fine in a 9x5 pan. I used all whole wheat flour and it tasted great. I used a whole cup of raisins and sprinkled a bit of sugar on top before baking.

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Delicious!, also amazing the next day toasted with a little butter and or jam. I reversed the flour to 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour and one cup white. To boost the nutritional value. This is an easy recipe that's fun to make with the kids."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"I love this recipe but there is too much batter for a 9 x 5 inch pan. I baked it in a 12 x 4-1/2 inch pan and it was perfect. I will make it again because everyone loved it!"

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