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Irish Soda Bread

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  • Servings: 16
Irish Soda Bread

Source: Everyday Food, March/April 2003


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients to form a dough.

  2. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 4 minutes; add more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Form dough into a 9-inch round; place on prepared baking sheet. Brush loaf with remaining tablespoon butter. Using a sharp knife, score an X on top of loaf.

  3. Bake until skewer inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on wire rack before serving.

Cook's Note

The bread will keep, wrapped in plastic, for up to two weeks at room temperature.

Reviews (6)

  • bflogal291 17 Mar, 2013

    Had to add at least 1 more cup of flour just to get it off the counter and on to the baking sheet. It was still so sticky and did not hold any kind of shape while baking. Not sure this recipe has the right amount of liquid to dry, or maybe just a typo. Either way it did not work out well.

  • Oceanpeg 14 Mar, 2013

    I was raised on "Green Irish Soda Bread" from a recipe my mom used that she came across in the Newark NJ Star Ledger back in the 1940's, which was similar to this one. Mom made a slight change by adding the green food coloring and melted butter to the buttermilk. She kneaded the raisins in after combining the other ingredients. That recipe had no eggs in it. It had a 1/2 of a teaspoon of cream of tartar in it. Only a few drops of the food coloring used. Will come out darker after being baked.

  • JoannaMcGinn 9 Mar, 2011

    If your "soda bread" has raisins, it's not "soda bread! It's called "Spotted Dog" or "Railway Cake"! If it contains raisins, eggs, baking powder, sugar or shortening, it's called "cake", not "bread." All are tasty, but not traditional Irish Soda Bread!

  • AnaWimsey 19 Mar, 2010

    You have mentioned several times that it is sometimes difficult to find buttermilk. I make my own. I poured about a quarter cup of cultured buttermilk into a glass pint jar and filled it with regular milk (1% in our house). Put the lid on and shake. Leave the jar in a warm place for several hours, then keep in fridge. When I need buttermilk, I pour out the needed amount and refill the jar, shake, and repeat the process.

  • KOSGB 18 Mar, 2010

    That's because this is a DIFFERENT RECIPE. Check your mistakes first.

    Try going here for the recipe that was on TV:

  • shirley97128 18 Mar, 2010

    This is not how you made it on the program. You blended the butter into the flour mixture first, then stirred in the butter milk. You people need to start editing each other, there has been to many mistakes lately, which is bad for beginners. You will have them too frustrated to try other things.

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