Irish Soda Bread

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
20 min
20 min
1 hr

2 loaves

  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
  • 2 1/2 cups mixed light and dark raisins, soaked in water for 15 to 20 minutes and drained
  • 3 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter 2 (9 by 5-inch) bread pans.

Stir together the sifted flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the butter and mix very thoroughly with your hands until it gets grainy. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.

Add the buttermilk and egg to the flour mixture. Stir until well moistened. Shape dough into 2 loaves and place in the pans.

Bake for 1 hour. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Cool in the pans for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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I cut the buttermilk to 1 cup and the raisins to 1 cup. Next time I will reduce the sugar and this will taste like my girlfriend's Irish grandmother's recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is St. Patrick's Day and I was craving Irish Soda bread. This was so good. I used 1/2 whole spelt flour and it gave a nutty taste to the bread. I also used olive oil instead of butter. The batter was a little wet, but it didn't make a difference since it was baked in a pan. I love raisins and it was the perfect amount. It also rose beautifully. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic. I decided to soak the raisins in orange juice and also added orange zest to the dough. It gave the bread a wonderful hint of orange. I thought there might be too much caraway but it turned out to be the perfect amount. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family thought this bread was very good but a little too sweet to be served at dinner. Next time I would reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup as others have suggested. I like to try most recipes as written the first time and then evaluate any possible changes, but that being said, I did leave out the caraway seeds as I do not like the taste. The bread was wonderful toasted for breakfast the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Having been invited on short notice for a St. Patrick's Day pot luck, I offered to bring Irish Soda Bread. Found this recipe: an amazing hit with everyone who tried it. As far as prep, used what I had on hand, so raisins became a 1 3/4 cup mix of light raisins and dried cherries. Am glad I included caraway seeds as the taste boost was amazing. Used the food processor (fp to mix all of the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into small pieces & put it in the freezer for 20 minutes. Using the pastry blade in the fp, began cutting in the butter to get that process started and finished with hand blending. The aroma drew hubby right into the kitchen! The toast, on day 2, was very tasty. Oh, yes, butter on warm bread rather than margarine is a must for texture and taste. Will make again, soon. Too good to wait for next March 17th. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I first made this recipe several years ago. It is easy and wonderful. I omitted the caraway seeds at that time. I think today I will add them. Brother Rick Curry also has a great bread cookbook. I bought a copy off Amazon and it is great. I recently moved and gave my book to one of my grandchildren who loves Irish Soda Bread. Now it is time to search out another copy. I have tried a few other recipes but always come back to this one. Make it and enjoy. Can't go wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this and several other Irish Soda bread recipes from this site and this one is hands down the best. Moist, tender - its become my go to recipe. have substitued dried cherries and cranberries for the raisins. Still a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was super easy to follow with excellent results. The bread is moist, dense, and chewy. Based on prior reviews I cut back on the raisins by 1/2 cup and rather than soaking in water I used Irish whiskey. I also omitted the caraway seeds because I don't care for the flavor. Next time I make this I will probably increase the sugar by 1/4 cup for a slightly sweeter taste and I may experiment with different dried fruit such as currants or tart cherries. One thing's for sure, I will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this bread had great flavor, but way too many raisins! Yikes when I cut into the bread it was all raisins and little bread, it overwhelmed the great flavor of the bread. I would make this again but with only 1 cup of raisins. I also omitted the caraway seeds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing, easy, tasty, tender. Good with caraway or without. Decreased the raisins by about 1/2 cup, but the mix of both yellow and regular raisins definitely adds to the flavor. My Go To recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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