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Most Popular Irish Soda Bread

“My husband’s family is Irish. Wanting to impress my future mother-in-law, I baked this bread and took it along with me when I met her the first time. Needless to say, it worked!” —Padmini Roy-Dixon, Columbus, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • Transfer to a 9x5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 161 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • KALS
    Mar 17, 2014

    I chose this recipe because I didn't have to knead the dough AND it used whole wheat flour. I added 1 and 1/2 cups raisins and I like the idea of sprinkled sugar the next time (lurky27). It fit perfectly in my 9 x 5 pan (bakingf).

  • jesboc
    Feb 28, 2013

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  • lurky27
    Mar 22, 2012

    YUM! Fit fine in a 9x5 pan. I used all whole wheat flour and it tasted great. I used a whole cup of raisins and sprinkled a bit of sugar on top before baking.~ Theresa

  • foresthomefor5
    Apr 14, 2011

    Delicious!, also amazing the next day toasted with a little butter and or jam. I reversed the flour to 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour and one cup white. To boost the nutritional value. This is an easy recipe that's fun to make with the kids.

  • bakingf
    Mar 31, 2011

    I love this recipe but there is too much batter for a 9 x 5 inch pan. I baked it in a 12 x 4-1/2 inch pan and it was perfect. I will make it again because everyone loved it!