An old family recipe that gets rave reviews!



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


Instructions Checklist
  • Place raisins in a small bowl; pour in whiskey and allow to soak overnight.

  • The next day, drain raisins and reserve the leftover whiskey.

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

  • Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.

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

  • Stir drained raisins, orange peel, and caraway seeds into dry ingredients.

  • Beat in buttermilk and 1/4 cup melted butter to make a thick batter.

  • Transfer batter to prepared casserole dish.

  • 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.

  • 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

321.4 calories; protein 4.7g 10% DV; carbohydrates 43.8g 14% DV; fat 12.2g 19% DV; cholesterol 31.6mg 11% DV; sodium 480.5mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Love this recipe! It is very tasty and moist no need to spread butter on it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
SOOOOOO good! I used craisins instead of raisins and used a sweet whiskey (SoCo). yum:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 is disappearing fast! The whiskey gives a dimension of taste that makes this good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A very nice addition to go with corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So Yum!! I followed the recipe to the T and it was delicious. Everyone loved it. thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 out with no problem. I like the additional sweetness and it doesn't include eggs. I used the dry buttermilk and it worked great here. My oven runs warm so I checked it at 40 min and it was already done (probably would have to toss it I went by the time specified). The butter compliments the bread nicely. I ended up using the full amount of whiskey in it; every time I added a tsp I didn't notice much difference. Happy St Patrick's Day! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 make again and use Baker's Joy. That should take care of the sticking problem. I plumped the raisins with bourbon in the microwave...didn't plan ahead to plump them overnight. Used low setting. Yummmm. Read More