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Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe

My best friend Rita shared this irresistible Irish soda bread recipe. It bakes up high, with a golden brown top and a combination of sweet and savory flavors. —Jan Alfano, Prescott, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into wedges. Yield: 1 loaf (12 wedges).

Nutritional Facts

1 wedge: 227 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 264378
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017 Edited Apr. 7, 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!"

LDaisy User ID: 5541821 263739
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"Excellent just as written!"

chocolatecookies User ID: 1014884 263604
Reviewed 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."

Kim User ID: 9110814 263519
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"Could you bake this in a cast iron skillet? Would it be same temp.and cooking length"

mamalora User ID: 8405795 263464
Reviewed 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."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 223034
Reviewed 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!"

DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 222903
Reviewed 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.)"

KEMull55 User ID: 8290128 222732
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015 Edited Mar. 21, 2015

"Excellent. I did add 2T of melted butter to the mix when it was time to stir together."

silverfx User ID: 33781 129975
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"Came out perfectly! The only thing I did was plump up the raisins prior to adding to the mix. the whole family loved it! Guess I'll have to make more!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 209054
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"I made this for an Irish-themed dinner party and it was good! Very quick and easy. I've never had Irish Soda bread, so I didn't know what to expect, but I was surprised that it is more of a sweet bread. I'm not a fan of raisins, but they were great in the bread."

Fappa User ID: 6909641 154815
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"This was the first time I ever made or tasted Irish Soda bread, but it won't be the last! It was wonderful. Made it for a small dinner party and everyone really enjoyed it. easy to make and delicious and it was just as good the next day. Thanks for a new favorite!"

SassyLacey User ID: 4962891 96543
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"This was delicious and my husband loved it. I would make it again, but only if I have lots of people to eat it, for it was too much for two."

skinnyagainsoon User ID: 5863940 166908
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"Tried this recipe for the first time on Saint Patrick's Day. Followed recipe exactly and it turned out great, everyone loved it. Made another one. Decided to lessen the sugar slightly and increase the b'milk slightly. Also put the raisins in hot water briefly before adding. Great recipe. Will make again and again."

Olmalu User ID: 6367532 106675
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I made this for our St. Patrick's Day brunch. Everyone loved it. Very easy to make and it tasted so butter. We like it with butter."

johanna005 User ID: 1526956 96542
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"This was the first time I ever made (and ate) Irish soda bread. This recipe is easy, and the bread was delicious. I had buttermilk left over, so I made another loaf the next day. I followed the recipe as written, except I shorted the sugar (as I do in every recipe) and the raisins. This is a keeper -- thanks for sharing it!"

maxiecook User ID: 6558894 68829
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"The bread was easy to make and was moist and delicious. It was great toasted, too!"

murphygranny User ID: 5977305 96524
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"I've tried so many soda bread recipes I've lost count. I was skeptical about this one because it had no butter in it but decided to give it a try. It was wonderful. I didn't have a 9 inch cake pan so used a 10 inch casserole pan. It still rose quite high. My husband said it was the best soda bread I had ever made and that is saying something. I did make it with currants. I will definitely make this again and won't wait until St. Patrick's Day."

tosca103 User ID: 6144809 154811
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"this was wonderful-we enjoyed every bit of it."

davinda User ID: 4455659 106542
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"I have never had Irish soda bread and was anxious to try it. It turned out great and the family enjoyed it."

cvmjs User ID: 81243 171405
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"Believe this recipe was in one of your other publications. I have made it with raisins, currants and candied cherries cut up (the kind used in fruitcake). There is no wrong way to make this bread. I am allergic to yeast and this recipe has been a life saver. Toast it and also make French toast with it."

monti57 User ID: 1288644 168778
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"I forgot to mention that I used zante currants instead of raisins."

monti57 User ID: 1288644 168713
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"The best Irish Soda bread I've ever tasted. I am making it for the third time for a bake sale. It was a special request."

abusybee4u User ID: 5737805 152873
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"I've never had Irish Soda bread but it was delicious! I made it for St. Pattys Day. It tasted more like a cake than a bread. It looked way better too than those hard loafs you get at the grocery. Overall this was quick to prepare and is definetly going in the recipe binder. yum-o!"

KatrinaTmt User ID: 5435377 166440
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Delicious! Great texture and super easy to make. I made the first one with raisins but since I'm not a fan of raisins I didn't like it. Made another one without and it was perfect!"

mattsmommy User ID: 5762114 209053
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"It was great out of the oven and even better the next day toasted. Next time I will cut the raisins back to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup mixed fruit. It would probably taste very good with some sauteed onions and cheese."

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