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.

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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).

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  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

304.9 calories; 6.2 g protein; 51.6 g carbohydrates; 36.7 mg cholesterol; 370.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (39)

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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
The raisins make it very sweet. It's like a giant biscuit. Perfect with corned beef and cabbage. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/16/2015
Sorry didn't care for it. Having two Irish parents I grew up on soda bread but I did not care for this version. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2013
The raisins make it very sweet. It's like a giant biscuit. Perfect with corned beef and cabbage. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2013
This recipe was easy to put together and the bread was delicious!!!!!! I did leave out the raisins though. Thank you for posting it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2014
2 THUMBS UP ON THIS RECIPE! It's going to be Marvelous with my Corn Beef and cabbage cooked unauthenically in a CROCK POT for dinner tonight! THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO POST Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2013
Wonderful St. Patty's Day treat! I made no changes to this recipe and it came out great. Although I baked my soda bread for 55 minutes in the oven and the bottom was a little burnt. I would recommend cooking it for maybe 45-50 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
I left out the golden raisins but otherwise made no modifications. Excellent I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2013
This is delicious! At first I thought I did something wrong because it was my first time making it and the dough was a little crumbly. It tastes so sweet and perfect. I will definitely be using this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
This is exactly how my Grannie made soda bread for me!! I don't like raisins so she always made a "plain" cake for me..lol love it!! Tastes just like it did in Barroe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2014
It is so easy to prepare with basic ingredients. I seen earlier posts of it not cooking through, so I halved the dough in two and made 2 loaves. I didn't have buttermilk but I made my own with 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar (or you can do lemon) and let it "curd" a bit (5-10 mins) before adding to recipe. I didn't use raisins (personal choice) although it would've added the right amount of sweetness. I wanted it plain to serve alongside beef stew. Your hands are your best tools. The dough seemed so crumbly but it turned out perfect. Serve leftovers the next day with butter + honey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2015
Made it a few times and it seems to get better! Only thing I do differently is I use real Irish butter (Kerry Gold) and I broil the soda bread on low for about 2 mins to give it a nice crispy touch to the outside. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/16/2015
Sorry didn't care for it. Having two Irish parents I grew up on soda bread but I did not care for this version. Read More
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