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Easy Irish Soda Bread

This is the best Irish soda bread I've ever had. It's lighter and softer than most others I've tried. We like slices spread with whipped butter. —Kerry Barnett-Amundson, Ocean Park, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 wedges)

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, caraway seeds, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and sour cream. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • Spoon into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing sides of pan. Cut into wedges; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 359 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 355mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • rmbarr059
    Mar 18, 2020

    I decided to try this recipe and it was good but I like another recipe that I usually use that calls for buttermilk rather than sour cream better. I also think the raisins should be increased a bit. But still yummy either way!

  • Ann
    Mar 22, 2018

    I cannot believe how so many people changed the Irish Soda Bread recipe then it is not traditional,first of all Buttermilk is great no Sour Cream,reg raisins only 2 cups is good rest Ingredients good.I grew up in Ireland ate lots of Soda Bread love it.If you bake it at like 300 oven the inside will bake just watch it never knead it much because it will be too dry just like 10 times.I hope this helps just saying from experience.

  • ms11145
    Mar 17, 2018

    Look no more for an Irish Soda bread recipe as this is it! Love the Caraway seeds. In fact, I put just a tad more in, but omitted the raisins as daughter and I do not like cooked raisins.

  • bmgoep
    Mar 19, 2016

    Best Irish Soda bread I ever had. Moist and soft not dry and hard. First time I made it and it came out perfect. When preparing the dough is sticky and tacky but thats normal. You kind of have to squshi it a bit to flatten in the spring pan. I added extra raisens because I love them and omitted the caraway seeds. The familly LOVED it. Definitely a keeper!

  • armybratt
    Mar 6, 2015

    Really tasted good. Easy to make.

  • samwtch
    Mar 18, 2014

    I had extra sour cream so this recipe fit my pantry for St Pat's day dinner. I did the knead thing and free formed it on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Also slightly rounded the baking powder and soda. Omitted the caraway too. I live at ~ 6000 feet but found that 45 minutes did the trick. It was wonderful! Best I've ever made. Can't wait to make toast with it.

  • sasinc
    Mar 17, 2014

    Went GREAT with the St. Patrick's Day meal I served.

  • porky1900
    Mar 17, 2014

    This is the best tasting Irish Soda Bread I have ever had. Usually the ones that I had bought in previous years were dry and hard. I made it the day before yesterday for last nights corned beef and cabbage dinner. Everyone raved about it. Will definitely make it again and not just for St. Patricks Day. Made it exactly as recipe states other than using caraway seeds since everyone can't have seeds.

  • FranJJJ
    Mar 26, 2013

    I agree with the comments that this bread in no way resembles traditional irish soda bread. It is more like a tea bread. Traditional or not, it's very good. Two tablespoons of carraway seeds infuses the bread with that distinctive, almost anise-like flavor, so if you don't like that taste, either cut way back on the amount or don't include it. I made the bread using a mixture of dried cherries, raisins, and cranberries instead of just raisins, and that worked out very well. The leftovers make outstanding toast.

  • lauri0
    Mar 19, 2013

    i just made this and it still seemed dry and flavorless. i think it still needed a little buttermilk. i used some cheapy beaters to mix it because it was balling/crumbling. maybe that made it dry, and i forgot the salt.