Mom's Irish Soda Bread


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 Irish soda bread recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 cup buttermilk, divided

  • ½ cup butter, melted - divided

  • 1 ½ cups golden raisins

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch pie plate.

  2. Spoon 1 tablespoon buttermilk into a small bowl; pour remaining buttermilk into a medium bowl.

  3. Stir 1 tablespoon melted butter into buttermilk in the small bowl until combined. Stir golden raisins into buttermilk in the medium bowl. Let both bowls sit until needed.

  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in remaining melted butter; stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg and mix until thoroughly combined.

  5. Add buttermilk-raisin mixture to flour mixture; shape into a ball. Transfer dough to the prepared pie dish and lightly pat around the edges so the top is slightly domed. Slice the top in a 1/4-inch deep crisscross with a sharp knife. Brush buttermilk-butter mixture over loaf until thoroughly coated, getting mixture into all crevices.

  6. 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 (per serving)

305 Calories
9g Fat
52g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 305
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 371mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 219mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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