I'm allergic to yeast, so I appreciate recipes for quick breads, biscuits and soda breads. This tender loaf that's dotted with golden raisins is great, It's one way I can enjoy toast for breakfast. --Carol Fritz of Fulton, Illinois

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20 mins
40 mins
60 mins
16 servings


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add raisins. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times.

  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet; pat into a 7-in. round loaf. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of the loaf. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.


Nutritional Analysis: One slice equals 181 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 265 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 33.3g; fat 3.5g; cholesterol 9.2mg; sodium 272.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (36)

Rating: 5 stars
This is the soda bread I remember making as a little girl. Perfect as is or with rasins. Not too moist or dry. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
great!! will use this one again.. I couldn't get my hands on some butter milk so i used 1cup skim milk with 3/4 sourcream... the liqued wasn't enough, and needed more milk...but tured out great in the long run... becarefull not to over bake, mine needed 50 minutes... but it doesn't act like muffins, follow the guidelines Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This bread is excellent! Got rave reviews from friends at dinner tonight. Great texture for slicing. I added a bit more sugar to make it sweeter, but it's great the way the recipes states. It's a keeper at this house. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This came out so YUMMY!! I left out the raisins and had to use milk with a little vinegar because I didn't have any buttermilk, but it is wonderful! Cripy on the outside and a pretty yellow softness on the inside. I'm sharing the recipe with my best friend for her St Patties Day party. Thanks!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fabulous! I only used 3 cups flour and 2-2 1/2 cups skim milk eye balling it until the dough was sticky. I also added 1 -2 teaspoons caraway seeds. I would suggest cooking on a lower heat so the middle cooks through. Some guested had never had caraway seeds so the 1st bite I had a guest say she didn't care for the seeds by the time she finished that piece she changed her mind and had 4 slices total. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this tonight and it's already gone! This turned out great. I did make a couple of changes: doubled the sugar(and used brown because I couldn't find the white sugar), and used evaporated milk/vinegar since I didn't have buttermilk OR regular milk. Everyone liked this more than the dinner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum, yum, and yum!!! I'm third generation Irish American, and i give this recipe my 2 Irish thumbs up! The recipe is great as is. One thing I've done from the past is drizzle a bit of honey over the loaf just as it comes out of the oven. Just the tiniest bit over the loaf. Even w/o that, yummy!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added dried cranberries instead of raisins. Very good but I did have to bake a little longer. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have never rated a recipe before now. In the words of Rachel Ray - Yum-O! It's St. Patrick's Day and I wanted to make a soda bread and searched for a recipe. The only addition I made was brushing melted butter over the top before baking. The crust was very crunchy and inside was perfect (sometimes my breads are a little raw in the middle) Two thumbs up! Thanks! - I've made this many times since this review and the golden raisins do make a nice difference Read More