Irish Soda Bread


Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
1 Hr 10 Min

When you were growing up, did you hear a rumor about leprechauns finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Maybe it wasn't gold after all, but Irish soda bread...well, it's as good as gold (as breads go, anyway)!

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon for brushing top of bread
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the 1 tablespoon butter; mix just until moistened.
  3. Place in a greased 9-inch round baking pan and bake 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. After removing from oven, brush top with remaining melted butter.


  • This is best served right from the oven, but you can rewarm it in a 200 degree F. oven 10 minutes before serving, and, yes, I suggest brushing the top with a bit more butter at that time.
  • If you enjoyed this Irish recipe, be sure to try this dinner recipe for Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage.

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There was way too much batter for 1 9" pan, and it ran over in the oven. It was delicious in spite of the mess it made. I am wondering if there is too much liquid in the recipe or maybe it is supposed to make 2? It was definitely a thin batter and not dough.

Soda Bread??? You featured this today in a group of recipes using cans of soda pop and that isn't in the recipe. Neither is baking soda, which i would expect to be in soda bread. You never addressed or corrected the recipe after previous questions asking about the lack of baking soda. What's the correct recipe please?

I made this bread this weekend and we loved it! The only thing I'll change next time is that I'll add a bit of sugar or Splenda for taste. We are enjoying the leftovers sliced and toasted with a bit of butter and orange marmalade for breakfast. My husband said, "Don't lose that recipe!"

This sit needs a proofreader for their recipes. Thanx to all the sharp-eyed cooks out there who have saved me more than one disaster!

...and apparently I need a proofreader for my posts...


Irish "soda" bread... The recipe I use calls for baking soda, not baking powder. Depending on taste, anywhere from 2 Tablespoons to 1 cup of sugar can be used. I prefer 1/2 cup sugar. Suggest to handle the dough as little as possible in order for the bread to have crumbly, tender texture. After forming the dough into round shape, score the top with a cross. I don't brush the top with anything, before or after. Caraway seeds are also optional. This is traditionally how Irish Soda Bread is made.

Shouldn't there be SODA in this recipe?

See notes from last year.

Besides the addition of the sugar and the baking soda, many people enjoy the addition of a handful of caraway seeds to the batter. We also score the top before baking, in one large cross pattern, and brush the top with egg or milk for shine.

Thank you, Icross, for your modification of this recipe. I made the recipe above this weekend for company. Good thing I tried it first -- it was inedible!! Even the birds would not eat it! Thankfully, I had another recipe. I will try it again as you have indicated.

my friend had the original Mr. Food recipe and we compared that with this one...the following changes should be made ADD-- 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon baking soda CHANGE to 1 cup raisins 1/8 teaspoon salt I made it today with the changes & it turned out ALOT better than this published one :)

this recepie has no soda..........Soda Bread without soda. Is something missing


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