Simple Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Simple Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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It must be the luck of the Irish to get to share the scrumptious recipe for this well-known Irish bread. Enjoy it with dinner or your morning cup of tea. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 211 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg and buttermilk; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times. Shape into a 5-in. round loaf. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of loaf. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (4 slices).
Originally published as Irish Soda Bread in Cooking for 2 Spring 2008, p25

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 223315
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"I've never made Irish Soda bread before and wanted a recipe that only made a small amount...this recipe was perfect! My husband and I both enjoyed it with our St. Patty's Day meal and I will definitely make it again!"

soumar User ID: 2220169 141135
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"I made this yesterday and it was good."

organgrinder1 User ID: 2709989 91983
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"This recipe is very good. I didn't have raisins on hands, but I substituted blueberries instead. Turned out great! I will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing."

Brubbie User ID: 218825 112676
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice. The first time I misread the amount of butter and did indeed put in 4 tablespoons. That was too much butter. The second time I made it according to the recipe and it was excellent. I plan on making this again for St Patrick's Day."

KKetchum User ID: 4434157 172105
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"did you mean 4 tablespoons butter instead of teaspoons?"

Librachild User ID: 4284083 172103
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"This is the nicest Irish Soda bread that I have ever seen or tried and I now live in Ireland. Thank you."

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