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Irish Bread


"My mother-in-law was born in Ireland and this is her recipe, which was only shared with the family. My husband would make 20 loaves for St. Patrick's Day to give to friends but he would never give the recipe. When asked for it, he would make the person a loaf and tell them that the recipe was a secret. Now that both he and his mother have passed, I think she would like to share it. I make 4 loaves each year for our church bake sale. They sell for $17.00 each and people come to the early mass just to get one."
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1 h 15 m servings 225 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 9-inch loaf)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Pour hot water over raisins and currants in a bowl and let soak. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl until well combined; whisk in buttermilk.
  3. Drain raisins and currants and pat dry with paper towels; fold into dough. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently until it holds its shape; if dough is too sticky, knead in more flour. Form into a round and place into prepared cast iron skillet. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross into the top of the loaf.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a slender knife inserted into the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You may use 2 cups of raisins instead of currants. If you sour your own milk, use a little less. Just pour it in gradually.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 225 calories; 0.6 g fat; 51.5 g carbohydrates; 4.8 g protein; 1 mg cholesterol; 400 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Fantastic! I used 1 cup of dark raisins and 1 cup of golden raisins (no currants). This was so quick and easy to put together and baked up beautifully (the house smelled amazing)! I do not have ...

I have never posted a review but had to this time. I always buy my soda bread but decided to make it at home. Followed the recipe to the letter. The best irish soda bread ever. Thanks for a grea...

This is the best Irish soda bread I have ever tasted. It was so easy to make. My husband even loved it & that is saying a lot because he is very critical of new recipes. Thanks for sharing!!

Thank you for sharing your family recipe--it was absolutely delicious, and I loved the simplicity. I made it with what I had on hand, cranberries and walnuts. Spectacular!

I'll admit I'm not the greatest bread maker so I struggled a bit with incorporating the extra flour because this dough was really sticky to begin with. All in all this turned out well. It has a ...

Love it, so easy to make a child could do it, brilliant.