This was my mom's mothers recipe (my Nana Dot) and has been passed down for generations, direct from Ireland. If you like soda bread, this is awesome!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

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  • Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl until evenly blended. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in the raisins, currants, and caraway seeds, then make a well in the center and pour in the milk and vinegar. Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened.

  • Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface, and knead gently 8 to 10 times. Divide the dough into two balls, and place onto the prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; 4.2 g total fat; 11 mg cholesterol; 220 mg sodium. 19.8 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2009
Loved it! I made two different recipes for Irish Soda Bread and far-and-away preferred this one for the following reasons: 1. Texture. This was so light and flaky. The other one I made was very heavy and dense. 2. Quick cooking time: Only 30 minutes! (I did need an additional 5 minutes.) 3. Round loaves: I like my Irish Soda Bread in round loaves not in loaf pans. This makes 2 round loaves so we ate one and gave the other away! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2014
I was really excited to make this soda bread and was so disappointed! It had such a distinct flavor of too much baking powder/soda combination and was actually a bit salty. I followed the directions exactly only varied by omitting the currants and caraway seeds. I'm giving it 1 star because I thought the consistency was good but not the flavor. Also I'm not sure what size loaves you're making cause it's not possible to get 2 unless they are only 4-5 inches around. Read More
145 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 118
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
I have never had Irish Soda Bread before so I have nothing to compare this to. This was very much like a big yummy buttery biscuit. I didn't have caraway seeds or currants so I only used raisins. I made one round with the raisins and one without because some of my family doesn't like raisins. I liked the one with the raisins better. They gave it a nice mildly sweet flavor. Maybe it was my oven but I found that I needed to increase the baking time about 5-7 minutes and I had to drape foil over the bread for the last 10 minutes or so to prevent over-browning. All in all this was good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2009
Loved it! I made two different recipes for Irish Soda Bread and far-and-away preferred this one for the following reasons: 1. Texture. This was so light and flaky. The other one I made was very heavy and dense. 2. Quick cooking time: Only 30 minutes! (I did need an additional 5 minutes.) 3. Round loaves: I like my Irish Soda Bread in round loaves not in loaf pans. This makes 2 round loaves so we ate one and gave the other away! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
Best soda bread recipe I've made from this site. Saves really well as long as you have it covered. Toasts wonderfully. As far as traditional goes because this recipe is one of the only ones to not have eggs in it it is a bit closer to 'traditional' Irish Soda bread (which is just buttermilk flour soda and salt). If you ask me this variation is much more flavorful but a lot closer to the right texture. As far as dried fruit goes I had a neighbor who immigrated from Ireland who made soda bread with currants in it all the time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
Absolutely delicious! I used 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour and 1 c all-purpose. I added an extra T of sugar. I omitted the caraway seeds and used all raisins since I didn't have currants. My husband doesn't like raisins so I reserved them until I was kneading the dough then added them to only one loaf kneading them in right before I formed the loaf for baking. I had to bake for an extra 15 minutes at 375 F for a total of 45 minutes baking time. I took the loaves out of the oven when the tops were golden brown and a knife inserted into the middle came out clean. I'll definitely make this again -- possibly tomorrow!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2009
Now THIS is what soda bread is supposed to taste like! Perfect texture! This is the best thing to come out of my oven in a long time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
Excellent Texture. I used raisins & chopped Apples and a tiny bit of almond extract for sweetnes.....excellent Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
I have made many recipes from this site and have rated them all but I have never written a review until now... This is the best Irish Soda Bread I have ever had!! You will not be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2009
Very Good recipes! A lot like scones. I used my food processor to incorporate the butter which made it a lot faster than by hand. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
Very good- like a giant british scone only more crunchy on the outside due to the longer baking time. It was too mushy to knead and needed a lot longer (and lower temp) baking to finish the inside. So when I make again (definitely will) I will use less milk. But it was really very good. I like that the sweetness comes from the dried fruit instead of white sugar. (I skipped the caraway by the way. I think that would probably ruin it! But to each his/her own!) Read More
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