Favorite Irish Soda Bread
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
Makes1 loaf (12 wedges)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Stir in raisins. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In a bowl, combine buttermilk, oil and remaining eggs; stir into flour mixture just until moistened (dough will be sticky). Transfer to a greased 9-in. round baking pan; brush top with reserved egg.
- Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into wedges.
Nutrition Facts1 wedge: 227 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
Jun 21, 2018
Made for neighbors and had instant friends,
Jan 29, 2018
Irish Soda Bread - direct from Ireland - includes white AND brown flour (2 cups each), 2 fistfuls of bran (whole wheat) flour and 2 1/2 tbsps. porridge oats (Quaker Oats). 1 1/4 tsps. baking soda, 1 1/4 tsps. salt, 2 1/2 level tsps. cream of tartar, 1 1/4 tbsps. sugar, 1 1/4 tsps. butter or margarine. And yes, sour milk or buttermilk (until moist). Raisins are a U.S. addition. And don't forget to draw a cross on top. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. Test for doneness with knife until it comes out clean. (Thanks to Brid Vaughn and her mum, 1987.)
Jan 26, 2018
Anyone aware of Irish history would know that they were so poor they didn't have raisins and doubtful (unless they were lucky enough to own a cow) they could make buttermilk. A friend made the real thing and told me about it. It has very few ingredients.
Apr 6, 2017
Moist & delicious, more a raisin cake than a bread. I made more than a dozen of these for my church's two-day St. Patrick's Day Bake Sale and they sold out in a flash. One gentleman even came back the next day and asked me if I had a baking business and, if so, could he place an order with me for more of these Irish Soda Breads! Of course, I directed him to the Taste of Home website!
Mar 21, 2017
Excellent just as written!
Mar 18, 2017
Made this bread for St. Patrick's Day. It is delicious, soft inside with a nice crust. The only change I made was to use only a half cup of raisins (plumped), just our preference. Removed from oven at 42 minutes because it was smelling like it might be getting too done - it was perfect then. Thanks, Jan, for sharing this recipe.
Mar 16, 2017
Could you bake this in a cast iron skillet? Would it be same temp.and cooking length
Mar 14, 2017
Just baked it first time this morning. I had soda bread many times. This was the best soda bread I ever had. Thank you for wonderful recipe.
Mar 17, 2015
I have never had Irish soda bread before--let alone made it! I made this as part of my St. Patty's Day meal and it was awesome. Especially with a little butter :) It was so easy too. Thanks for sharing!
Mar 16, 2015
KEMull55, it says that you set aside 1 tablespoon of the beaten egg and add the rest of the eggs to the flour mixture. The one tablespoon is for brushing on top, and almost two whole eggs go into the bread itself. (I haven't tried it yet, but I'll give it 4 stars so I can add the comment. It looks like it'll turn out great.)
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