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Favorite Irish Soda Bread

My best friend, Rita, shared this irresistible Irish soda bread recipe. It bakes up high, with a golden brown top and a combination of sweet and savory flavors. —Jan Alfano, Prescott, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 wedges)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Stir in raisins. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In a bowl, combine buttermilk, oil and remaining eggs; stir into flour mixture just until moistened (dough will be sticky). Transfer to a greased 9-in. round baking pan; brush top with reserved egg.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into wedges.
Nutrition Facts
1 wedge: 227 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Shaun
    Apr 26, 2019

    Sorry but this is not remotely like Soda Bread, it doesn't even look right. 250g plain white flour - 250g plain wholemeal flour - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda - About 400ml buttermilk

  • Vayda10
    Apr 11, 2019

    Made this several times and got raves Everyone loved it!!! Easy to make and comes out great each time.

  • mjlouk
    Mar 22, 2019

    My kids liked this better than I did. I thought it was a little plain and would probably add some cinnamon or something next time, but the kids liked it and it was a fun St. Patrick's Day project to make together.

  • Annabelle
    Mar 17, 2019

    This is so delicious!! I was looking for something a little Irish to make on St. Patrick's day. I actually substituted wholemeal flour for plain. This gave it a really wholesome taste....and was very filling!!

  • dancae
    Jun 21, 2018

    Made for neighbors and had instant friends,

  • Leslie
    Jan 29, 2018

    Irish Soda Bread - direct from Ireland - includes white AND brown flour (2 cups each), 2 fistfuls of bran (whole wheat) flour and 2 1/2 tbsps. porridge oats (Quaker Oats). 1 1/4 tsps. baking soda, 1 1/4 tsps. salt, 2 1/2 level tsps. cream of tartar, 1 1/4 tbsps. sugar, 1 1/4 tsps. butter or margarine. And yes, sour milk or buttermilk (until moist). Raisins are a U.S. addition. And don't forget to draw a cross on top. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. Test for doneness with knife until it comes out clean. (Thanks to Brid Vaughn and her mum, 1987.)

  • bunnerb
    Jan 26, 2018

    Anyone aware of Irish history would know that they were so poor they didn't have raisins and doubtful (unless they were lucky enough to own a cow) they could make buttermilk. A friend made the real thing and told me about it. It has very few ingredients.

  • KristineChayes
    Apr 6, 2017

    Moist & delicious, more a raisin cake than a bread. I made more than a dozen of these for my church's two-day St. Patrick's Day Bake Sale and they sold out in a flash. One gentleman even came back the next day and asked me if I had a baking business and, if so, could he place an order with me for more of these Irish Soda Breads! Of course, I directed him to the Taste of Home website!

  • LDaisy
    Mar 21, 2017

    Excellent just as written!

  • chocolatecookies
    Mar 18, 2017

    Made this bread for St. Patrick's Day. It is delicious, soft inside with a nice crust. The only change I made was to use only a half cup of raisins (plumped), just our preference. Removed from oven at 42 minutes because it was smelling like it might be getting too done - it was perfect then. Thanks, Jan, for sharing this recipe.