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Irish Soda Bread and Whiskey Butter

Rated as 4.9 out of 5 Stars

"An old family recipe that gets rave reviews!"
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9 h 25 m servings 321
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 loaf)


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  1. Place raisins in a small bowl; pour in whiskey and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, drain raisins and reserve the leftover whiskey.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
  5. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  6. Stir drained raisins, orange peel, and caraway seeds into dry ingredients.
  7. Beat in buttermilk and 1/4 cup melted butter to make a thick batter.
  8. Transfer batter to prepared casserole dish.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  10. Beat 1/2 cup butter in a bowl until fluffy; beat in reserved whiskey, 1 teaspoon at a time, to taste. Serve with soda bread.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 321 calories; 12.2 43.8 4.7 32 480 Full nutrition

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Love this recipe! It is very tasty and moist, no need to spread butter on it.

SOOOOOO good! I used craisins instead of raisins and used a sweet whiskey (SoCo). yum :)

The only changes I made were that I used currants instead of raisins and I used 1/2 Tbsp of orange extract instead of orange peel. It was a great tea bread!

I used half the amount of whiskey, changed the flour to spelt flour, used soy milk instead of buttermilk, and honey instead of sugar. All of the changes were for family preferences. The bread ...

This timed out perfectly ! Moist and delicious. I used grated lemon peel instead of orange and this gave the bread a pleasant citrusy note . Don’t like caraway seeds so left them out too . All a...

Really liked this one, and I have made a lot of different ones. The whiskey butter, in my opinion, just takes it up a notch.

This bread seems more moist than your standard Irish bread. I hope that it keeps that way for a while, too. I baked it in a 9" round pan, sprayed with cooking spray, and it just slipped right ou...

Made this in a 2 qt round casserole. It was delicious. The family loved it and enjoyed every crumb. I buttered the corning dish and had trouble getting it out in one nice loaf. Today I'll mak...

This was fast, easy and flavorful. If you have a round casserole dish, it makes a more traditional presentation. I also like to soak the raisins in whiskey and sugar before adding them to the do...