Rating: 4.63 stars
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 61
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1

A moist, cake-like Irish Soda Bread that's not just for St. Paddy's Day... it's so easy and sooo delicious you'll be craving it all year 'round.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch round loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch cake pan.

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  • Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter gently into the flour mixture until well combined, and stir in the raisins. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk and eggs together; lightly beat the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Place the dough into the prepared cake pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the bread has risen and the top is golden brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour. A knife inserted into the center of the bread should come out clean. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

360 calories; protein 7.6g; carbohydrates 62.3g; fat 9.7g; cholesterol 68.1mg; sodium 446.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (66)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2010
I just made this last night and it was GREAT. Easy to make. I had to add a little more flour because the consistency was too stick. Family thought it wasn't sweet enough so next time I am adding a little more sugar to the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2015
I made this recipe twice now. Didn't bake evenly in a 9" pie pan either time. Went over sides first time. Second time used a deeper pan but bread ended up very dry because of its density and time necessary to bake through. Took two different breads to work. The other recipe went very quickly while this one still has some sitting in break room. Read More
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80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 61
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2010
I just made this last night and it was GREAT. Easy to make. I had to add a little more flour because the consistency was too stick. Family thought it wasn't sweet enough so next time I am adding a little more sugar to the recipe. Read More
(41)
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2011
this bread hit some what the middle of the road for us. While I thought it was 3, my son gave it a 3. My oldest gave it a 4, while my middle daughter and my hubby gave it a 5. I'd never made this kind of bread. The recipe was very easy. It wasn't sweet, but was like a light biscuit bread. The raisins made it sweet. Can't say it was the best bread but can't say it was the worst either. But what I can say is that it was okay, but this batch needs to be divided into 2. The reason I say that is because It's so dense, that the bottom center never got completely baked even after it was in the oven an hour and 15 minutes. While it looked pretty, it was to thick. 2 smaller round loaves would have been better for the baking process. But I think in my own preference. To improve this better for my taste. Add just a hint of cinnamon to it. But it's an okay bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
Great recipe...not like a traditional Irish soda bread...this is really like a cake. I added a touch of vanilla. It's delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2014
Just made this for St. Patrick's Day. Followed suggestions and added 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Put batter in 2 9-inch cake pans. When they were done baking poured some melted butter on top and sprinkled on some green sugar. Turned out amazing!! Everyone loved it. Made 8 loaves and gave them out for gifts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2012
I baked this today St. Patrick's Day and absolutely loved it. Using the All Recipes calculator I halved the recipe and baked it in an 8" iron skillet. I don't like the commercial soda breads that are dry and almost stale in texture. This was dense but moist and it rose beautifully. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the top so it smelled as good as it looked. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2015
I hope everyone enjoys this recipe! This is my mom's recipe and it's pretty hard to beat! This is an authentic Irish-American recipe - that's what we are! My mom passed away in 2013 but she would be so happy knowing her wonderful recipe is being shared :) Can't wait to make this year, enjoy everyone! After you make it, try it lightly toasted smeared with some Irish butter... it's amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2013
This bread was wonderful...I added the dried fruit, and a bit of dark chocolate...HMmmm. This will become a "quick go-to recipe" for when you just want something quick, easy and wonderfully moist and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
Good Irish soda bread. I used white whole wheat flour and sugar in the raw in the same measurements as in the original recipe. I did not put the dough in a round pan based on the comments from another rater who said it is too much dough for the pan. I baked mine on a cookie sheet and it worked well. I will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2012
I just got this recipe today and decided to try it immediately. It was a breeze to mix up didn't even need a mixer. I followed the recipe and directions exactly except I didn't have a 9-inch round cake pan. Instead I used a round casserole dish the same size. The finished product is beautiful rounded and golden brown. Once it cooled I sliced it and it slices beautifully too. However the texture is not like any soda bread I've ever had before. It's more like a muffin or quick bread. It's a little bit sweet too. I think it would be marvelous with peanut butter on it and I will definitely make it again. I just won't plan to serve sandwiches on it. It would be lovely toasted with butter & jam with hot tea also! Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2015
I made this recipe twice now. Didn't bake evenly in a 9" pie pan either time. Went over sides first time. Second time used a deeper pan but bread ended up very dry because of its density and time necessary to bake through. Took two different breads to work. The other recipe went very quickly while this one still has some sitting in break room. Read More
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