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Best Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is similar to the one passed down through generations of my Irish family. I rarely touch a mixer because kneading by hand makes the bread taste so good.—Kerry McCormack, Marietta, GA
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (8 slices each)


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup raisins or 3 tablespoons caraway seeds


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and buttermilk; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 5-6 times.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each portion into a round loaf. Place 6 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 255 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Denise
    Jun 15, 2019

    I feel recipe needs more of a wet ingredient. Too dry, crumbly, hard to knead together. Tried really hard not to overwork the dough but couldn't get a ball formed properly...not enough moisture. I added a wee bit more buttermilk. It helped. The final product was ok, not as tender as I hoped.

  • Donna
    Mar 15, 2017

    Just made this and it is delicious! I thought I had followed the recipe exactly, but after pulling these beautiful loaves out of the oven, I realized I had totally forgotten the butter. And it still looks and tastes great, so now I can have twice as much. :-)

  • karenmcgee1959
    Mar 6, 2017

    Soda Bread

  • Becky-Ann
    Mar 2, 2016

    My family gave this recipe rave reviews. We all agreed it was much moister and rich compared to the Irish soda breads I had purchased from the grocery store. I followed the recipe as it was written, but it did not look like the picture. It ended up having deep crevices on top of the loaves. It took a little longer than I had hoped to completely moisten the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. So I was wondering if that might have caused the cracks. I would appreciate any suggestions as we will be making this bread again and again!

  • ctrommer
    Mar 19, 2014

    Best ever recipe it has just a taste of caraway seeds which give it that extra flavor. It's also very moist!