Try Your Luck of the Irish with Irish Soda Bread!

Originally Posted on March 12, 2012

When I took the loaf out of the oven and I sent a picture to my mom with a caption”look how beautiful”.  Both of us love this bread an wonder why is it then that we only make it around St. Patrick’s day!?  Would it be as delicious and anticipated if I made it more throughout the year – not sure – but this is the year I am going to find out!  We had the bread plain, toasted with butter and as part of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Irish Soda Bread


1/2 pound raisin or about 2 cups
4 cups flour (I used whole wheat and white wheat flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp (omit if using salted butter)
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 pound butter (1 stick)
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (preferred) or milk

1. Place raisins in a glass bowl and add enough hot water to cover – let them sit 5 – 10 minutes to plump up.  Then drain.





2. Preheat oven to 375


3. In a large glass mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and raisins.



4. Cut cold butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until it resembles cornmeal.





5.  Beat eggs lightly, add buttermilk and then mix with the flour mixture.  If it is too dry add some more buttermilk, a little at a time.

6. Turn out on floured surface and knead.  Shape into a round loaf and cut a cross on the top with a knife.





7. Bake in a greased cast iron skillet or 9 inch round cake pan for 1 hour.  Done when a knife comes out clean.

8. Place on wire rack to cool completely.

We enjoyed this plain, toasted, with lots of butter and with almost all meals until it was gone!

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6 Responses to Try Your Luck of the Irish with Irish Soda Bread!

  1. Candace says:

    Wonderful! And you’re right….need to make this bread more often!! : )

  2. Jo says:

    Okay, I made two more loaves yesterday….the one from last week was long gone and we are half way through one from yesterday. I have frozen some for company Friday night to go along with corned beef and cabbage. This bread freezes wonderfully! xoxo

  3. Candace says:

    Thanks for publishing this again!! Excellent recipe and so easy it is a wonder that we all don’t make it more often. Can be a 2014 resolution to make it more often!! : )

  4. Jo says:

    On the baking menu this week…..I think it should be a staple all year! I can taste it now!

  5. Deborah says:

    I remember thinking I should make this last time then never did. This time I will, sounds so yummy and hard to screw up the recipe, which with bread is important for me 🙂

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