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Annie's Irish Soda Bread

Annie’s Irish Soda Bread
15 votes, 4.27 avg. rating (84% score)
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Total Time: 30

Yield: 1 loaf

The secret to good Irish Soda Bread is not to overwork the dough. Studded with raisins and caraway seeds, this traditional Irish fare needs just a bit of butter.

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Annie's Irish Soda Bread
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup regular or golden raisins (or sultanas)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a standing mixer with paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter, caraway seeds (if desired), and raisins. Combine just until incorporated.

In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add to dough and mix just until incorporated.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and fold it over onto itself two or three times, shaping it into a round, 8-inch loaf. Transfer loaf to a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat (a nonstick silicone baking mat). Score an "X" on the top of the dough.

Bake 45 minutes, until well-browned and a toothpick plunged into the center emerges clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Serve with butter and your favorite jam or preserves.
Updated Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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5 Responses to Annie’s Irish Soda Bread

  1. Anonymous February 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I made this earlier today and just had two pieces with apricot jam on top. Delicious.

  2. shirley wilmoth March 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    I made two loafs of the soda bread yesterday … easy and delicious, sent a loaf home with the grandboys.

  3. sarah Fleming March 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    This is great American-Irish soda bread. Sort of like a scone but less sweet. Best recipe I’ve ever tried for soda bread – and I’ve tried many!

  4. Pearl McDoannell March 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Real Irish Soda Bread as my mother from Ireland made had no eggs, a little more butter and buttermilk. They used what was on the farm and eggs were too valuable to put into the bread.

  5. Anytime Taxi March 20, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

    Excellent recipe easy to use directions
    I made it into biscuits cooked for 20 minutes

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