Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe
- 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).
1 wedge: 227 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
Reviews for Favorite Irish Soda Bread
"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!"
"Excellent just as written!"
"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."
"Could you bake this in a cast iron skillet? Would it be same temp.and cooking length"
"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.)"
"Excellent. I did add 2T of melted butter to the mix when it was time to stir together."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"this was wonderful-we enjoyed every bit of it."
"I have never had Irish soda bread and was anxious to try it. It turned out great and the family enjoyed it."
"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."
"I forgot to mention that I used zante currants instead of raisins."
"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!"
"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."