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Moist Irish Soda Bread

I'm allergic to yeast, so I appreciate recipes for quick breads, biscuits and soda breads. This tender loaf that's dotted with golden raisins is great, It's one way I can enjoy toast for breakfast. —Carol Fritz of Fulton, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add raisins. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet; pat into a 7-in. round loaf. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of the loaf. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 181 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.
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  • KristineChayes
    Mar 16, 2016

    I made 14 of these loaves for my church bake sale this past weekend and they sold out immediately! I made 2 loaves out of each batch of dough, added an extra tablespoon of butter and 1/2 cup more raisins. I didn't over knead the dough and shaped each loaf into a slightly mounded round. I cut a 1/2" deep cross on each. These changes resulted in a reduced baking time, which ensured greater moistness. I will be using this recipe again for future bake sales!

  • mrs.mark
    Mar 20, 2015

    Very good. Everyone enjoyed it, and it was nice and moist.

  • ms11145
    Mar 17, 2015

    While I liked the bread, famiky didn't, so won't be making it again. I will just cut up the leftovers for croutons.

  • TheDix
    Mar 13, 2015

    Excellent moist Irish Soda Bread. I used the darker raisins. I liked the larger size loaf as I'm serving 8 this evening. There will be plenty. This is a keeper for me.

  • MrsOwens
    Jan 28, 2014

    I love Irish Soda Bread and always try to find one that is a little more "truer" to the traditional recipes. I did omit the raisins and I prefer *traditional Irish soda bread. It was a great recipe and I will keep it on hand for future use.*(being of Irish descent, I like recipes that are close to traditional. Irish soda bread was for the poorer families and consisted of 4 basic ingredients - flour, baking soda, salt, milk or sour milk. The poorer families couldn't afford the extravagant ingredients such as raisins, currants, nuts, etc., that are found in newer recipes.)

  • ConnieK
    Mar 23, 2013

    Made this to go along with Favorite Irish Stew (also on this site) and it was great. Perfect meal.

  • scrapo
    Mar 9, 2011

    This turned out good! I made it to go w/ Breakfast but would imagine it would be best with some yummy beef stew.