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Authentic Irish soda bread does not contain raisins, but I like mine with raisins so I include them. This is a very easy and delicious recipe.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 loaf


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


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Grease a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk into a small bowl; place remainder of 1 cup buttermilk into a separate bowl.

  • Stir golden raisins into the larger amount of buttermilk and allow raisins to soak while you complete the remaining steps.

  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of the melted butter into the small bowl with the tablespoon of buttermilk; stir to combine and set aside. Set remaining melted butter aside.

  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in reserved butter, and stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Mix the egg into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.

  • Mix the soaked raisins with buttermilk into dough and shape dough into a ball.

  • Place the ball of dough into prepared pie dish and lightly pat dough down so top is slightly domed.

  • Use a sharp knife to cut two crisscrossing lines through the center of the loaf about 1/4 inch deep.

  • Thoroughly brush buttermilk and butter mixture over the loaf, getting the mixture into the crevices.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 51.6g; fat 8.8g; cholesterol 36.7mg; sodium 370.5mg. Full Nutrition