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Irish Soda Bread

Rated as 4.66 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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This is the soda bread I remember making as a little girl. Perfect as is or with rasins. Not too moist or dry.

Most helpful critical review

First time making Irish soda bread and I'm not sure if it came out completely right, it is really heavy, but it tastes good. Next time I'd probably just make biscuits instead.

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This is the soda bread I remember making as a little girl. Perfect as is or with rasins. Not too moist or dry.

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...

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...

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 soft...

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 mil...

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...

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 o...

I added dried cranberries instead of raisins. Very good but I did have to bake a little longer.

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 brush...