Irish Soda Bread

 I made quite a few of these loaves yesterday to go with the big Irish dinner I gave to family and friends.  We had Guinness braised corned beef, colcannon, roasted turnips, carrots and parsnips all served with a rich gravy made from the braising liquid.  The soda bread was a hit because people expect it to be awful. This was flavorful and moist, something soda bread rarely is

The Recipe:



  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 sick butter, melted
  • sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure all ingredients and place them into a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Butter a cast iron skillet and place the dough, mounded, into the pan.
  4. Sprinkle the top with sugar.
  5. Place into the preheated oven and bake for approximately 1 hour. Insert a toothpick or cake tester into the center to check to see if it is done. The toothpick should come out clean with no dough on it.



The leprechauns would dance a jig for that meal!
Mary V said…
Love Irish Soda bread, your recipe is similar to mine except I use currants. Great the next day lightly toasted with orange marmalade!