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Simple Irish Soda Bread

It must be the luck of the Irish to get to share the scrumptious recipe for this well-known Irish bread. Enjoy it with dinner or your morning cup of tea. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (4 slices)


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


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg and buttermilk; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times. Shape into a 5-in. round loaf. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of loaf. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 211 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • sgronholz
    Mar 22, 2015

    I've never made Irish Soda Bread before and wanted a recipe that only made a small amount...this recipe was perfect! My husband and I both enjoyed it with our St. Patty's Day meal and I will definitely make it again!

  • soumar
    Mar 14, 2014

    I made this yesterday and it was good.

  • organgrinder1
    Mar 17, 2012

    This recipe is very good. I didn't have raisins on hands, but I substituted blueberries instead. Turned out great! I will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brubbie
    Mar 9, 2010

    I have made this recipe twice. The first time I misread the amount of butter and did indeed put in 4 tablespoons. That was too much butter. The second time I made it according to the recipe and it was excellent. I plan on making this again for St Patrick's Day.

  • KKetchum
    Sep 30, 2009

    did you mean 4 tablespoons butter instead of teaspoons?

  • Librachild
    Sep 23, 2009

    This is the nicest Irish Soda Bread that I have ever seen or tried and I now live in Ireland. Thank you.

  • Dorothy
    Sep 1, 2008

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