Irish Soda Bread

I've never had Irish soda bread before.  With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I've been getting a lot of Irish soda bread recipes, which made me want to try one.  I chose a recipe on allrecipes that is quite popular and seemed simple to make.


The original recipe doesn't call for raisins, however the picture on allrecipes had raisins in it.  And some other recipes I found had raisins in them.  I did some brief research and people said that true irish soda bread shouldn't have raisins and shouldn't be a sweet bread.  But after seeing the bread with raisins, I really wanted to try it with raisins, so I ended up adding raisins.

The bread is soft, slightly sweet. I really liked it.  I actually didn't like the portion with raisins, so next time I'll make it without raisins.

Irish Soda Bread


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup raisins (optional. original recipe does not call for raisins, but I added then after other suggested it)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg
    and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix
    just until moistened. (The batter should be a bit lumpy and will come together and be more smooth after adding butter)

  4. Stir in butter.(The mixture should be smooth after blending the butter.)  Add in raisins. Pour into prepared pan.

  5. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread
    comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours,
    or overnight, for best flavor.

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