Irish Soda Bread and Whiskey Butter


An old family recipe that gets rave reviews!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 25 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 cup raisins

  • ½ cup whiskey

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (Optional)

  • 1 ⅓ cups buttermilk

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • ½ cup butter at room temperature


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
12g Fat
44g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 481mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 178mg 4%

* 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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