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Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

I've been making bread since I was a young girl, and this is one of my favorites. This round loaf is moist with a wonderful texture and flavor. Golden raisins peek out of every slice. -Ann Lauver, Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Beat in the buttermilk, butter, salt, baking soda, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar until smooth. Stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead for 2 minutes. Shape into a round loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. With a sharp knife, cut a 1/4-in.-deep cross on top of loaf.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to cool on a wire rack.
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  • Jean Kloos
    Apr 7, 2016

    I have been making this soda bread for many years now. I shape my like a loaf and use it for sandwiches and toast. After the first rise, I roll it out and spread it with cinnamon and sugar. Then I roll it up and let it rise again and bake. Makes GREAT cinnamon bread!

  • rosesharon61
    Mar 26, 2016

    This is the perfect Irish Soda Bread (if you like yeast bread) It made the perfect bread for my St. Patricks meal. Thank you for sharing. I will be making this bread again.

  • juliedm
    Mar 16, 2016

    I love this non-traditional Irish soda bread. It has a softer crust and lighter texture than traditional baking soda only recipes, plus a lovely yeasty aroma amd taste (the baking soda taste is subtle). Try dusting some powdered sugar on top after baking for a breakfast treat (and additionally risk offending "true" Irish soda bread people! hee!) Alternately, you can shape the dough for dinner rolls with excellent results.

  • abreendre
    Jan 9, 2012

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  • Sprowl
    Mar 8, 2011

    Have made this a number of times. Always delicious. I use the regular raisins.

  • kotie
    Mar 3, 2010

    This is a delicious bread. Just made it today, would make again. Better than a true soda bread

  • countess cookie
    May 22, 2009

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  • belisamasana
    Mar 16, 2009

    Excellent recipe. I don't care if it's a "true" soda bread or not, it makes a tasty, simple loaf of bread that the kids devour :)

  • mammiex6
    Feb 2, 2008

    I'm sure this makes a delicious raisin bread but it should NOT be called an Irish soda bread. A true soda bread has soda in it not yeast.

  • PegMason
    Feb 24, 2007

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