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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Irish


Traditional Irish bread is a must have on Saint Patrick’s Day. A slightly sweeter, and way more delicious Irish bread than you’re used to.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter or shortening (room temp)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Rum or Irish whiskey for soaking raisins (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  2. Soak raisins in a small bowl with a splash of rum or Irish whiskey, set aside. Mix together sugar, baking powder, flour and salt in a large bowl. Slice butter and work into dry ingredients with a spoon (do not melt butter). Add strained raisins and mix well. Mixture should crumbly.
  3. Make a hole in the center of the mixture and add eggs and milk. Stir with a butter knife until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the sides of the bowl.
  4. Toss onto a well-floured surface and with floured hands, knead slightly until soft ball is formed. Place in a greased 9-10 inch cast iron skillet. Make a cross on the top of the loaf and brush with milk or beaten egg for extra shininess. Sprinkle top with sugar and bake at 375 °F for 10 minutes, then at 350 °F for 25-30 additional minutes. It’s done when golden brown on the top and toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm with butter and a cold Guinness.


The dough can be divided into two equal loaves and alternatively baked on a greased baking sheet, baked the same way.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 171
  • Sugar: 12.6g
  • Sodium: 137mg
  • Fat: 4.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.1g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg

Keywords: traditional irish soda bread, irish bread recipe


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