This recipe was given to me by my mother, Agnes Walters. It is made with sour cream and always comes out moist and keeps for several days.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans.

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  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, sour cream and raisins and mix until just combined. Distribute batter evenly between the two pans.

  • Bake loaves at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 36.8g 12% DV; fat 5.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 38mg 13% DV; sodium 193.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
Very good - as everyone said - it's a little cake-like, but definitely has the texture of a soft bread. And once it's toasted, it's out of this world (slice it thick b4 toasting). The sweetness is sublte onced it's done - just how we like it. (Similar to sweet Hawaiin bread) I use either currants or small dried blueberries. I think raisins are too big for this bread. I've also used this to make french toast. Slice it then let it sit out for a day to get drier. Taste and texture is like brioche. I've also added a little buttermilk or milk, whatever I have one hand, when my dough is a litte too dry About 1-2 tablespoons at most. (1 pint sour cream = 2 cups) Tip- cover tightly with foil after it's done and let it steam for 30 min. or longer. This will lock in the moisture. A trick for all loaf breads. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/22/2003
An interesting version of Irish soda bread, but too cake-like for my taste and with far too many raisins. One cup would be about right, I think. Read More
(77)
351 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 255
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
Very good - as everyone said - it's a little cake-like, but definitely has the texture of a soft bread. And once it's toasted, it's out of this world (slice it thick b4 toasting). The sweetness is sublte onced it's done - just how we like it. (Similar to sweet Hawaiin bread) I use either currants or small dried blueberries. I think raisins are too big for this bread. I've also used this to make french toast. Slice it then let it sit out for a day to get drier. Taste and texture is like brioche. I've also added a little buttermilk or milk, whatever I have one hand, when my dough is a litte too dry About 1-2 tablespoons at most. (1 pint sour cream = 2 cups) Tip- cover tightly with foil after it's done and let it steam for 30 min. or longer. This will lock in the moisture. A trick for all loaf breads. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2006
Wonderful! I considered using other recipes but decided on this one because I didn't have buttermilk, which seems to be used in most recipes. This is moist and dense and has a lovely texture. I added 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds and shaped the loaves into freeform rounds on a greased baking sheet (wet your hands with a bit of cold water to facilitate shaping). I also used a pastry brush to apply some melted butter halfway through the baking time. The breads were golden and crusty and absolutely delicious. I will definitely make this again - and not just on St. Patrick's Day - as a base for bread pudding. No caraway seeds, of course. :) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2003
An interesting version of Irish soda bread, but too cake-like for my taste and with far too many raisins. One cup would be about right, I think. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
Fantastic tasting recipe! I have made the same Irish Soda Bread for years. I couldn't find the recipe this year and tried this one. I love it. I like the cake-like texture! A Keeper Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2003
Not really Irish Soda Bread but very good and easy. I used low fat sour cream and it came out just great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
Best irish bread added caraway seeds for real irish flavor. Easy to put together. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2006
This looks good but I have one question: Do you really make this Irish Soda Bread with no milk at all? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
This was the 1st time I made Irish Soda Bread & I loved it. I took the loaves to work & everyone who had a piece asked for the recipe. I also added caraway seeds. Fantastic Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2003
This bread was extremely easy to make. It's sweeter and runnier than normal soda bread so I had to make it in a loaf pan. Good for breakfast or a snack. Read More
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