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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.