Irish Soda Bread

May 3, 2012 | Filed Under Bread 

On St. Patrick’s Day, I finally made Irish Soda Bread!   I’d always wanted to make this bread and saved different recipes, which I’d come across in the past.  However, for some reason or another, I never got a chance to do so — until a post by Mari of Mari’s Cakes inspired me.   She had baked the bread for the first time and her excitement was contagious because that very day, I made my own Irish Soda Bread, too.  Yay!  Thanks for the inspiration, Mari!  I enjoyed my Irish Soda Bread and I plan on making it more than once a year. 




Irish Soda Bread

Mari’s Cakes

4- 4½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tablespoons white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup margarine, softened at room temperature
1¼ raisins, that have been previously soaked in water for 20 minutes and drained
1 cup buttermilk or yogurt at room temperature
1 egg at room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 375?F (190?C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
2. In a bowl, mix 4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Add margarine and mix with two knives or hand until it resembles coarse meal. Add in raisins and mix in well.
3. Stir in the buttermilk and egg lightly beaten. If the the remaining ½ cup of flour is needed, add it now and knead dough on a lightly floured surface no more than 2 minutes. Form dough into a round shape and place on baking sheet. With a sharp knife cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
4. Bake for 30 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Serve warm. This bread tastes best when it’s freshly baked. Mari’s NOTE: I have just tasted it this morning and although it might feel a little denser, it tastes better than yesterday!

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9 Responses to “Irish Soda Bread”

  1. It looks so scrumptious!



  2. hey girl,
    mona here.
    i’ve always wanted to make soda bread.
    is it too late to this year? or should i save for spd 2013?
    hope you are well.

  3. Hi Rosa: It’s very scrumptious, indeed!

    Hi Mona: Good to see you here! It’s never too late. Make your bread now. xox

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

    Paz xoxo

  4. this looks so good!

  5. It looks nice! I have made Irish soda bread only once, years ago and it is definitely on my list of to-redo dishes. I like the addition of raisins.

  6. Hi Kat: It was good! :)

    Hi Simona: Yes, definitely make this again when you have a chance. I liked the raisins, too.


  7. It does look good! I am craving some now. Thanks for trying the recipe I shared and sharing it with your readers. I am so glad you liked it.


  8. Mari: Thanks again for the recipe. I also made Pico de Gallo from the recipe you posted. I did not post about it but it was very good. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you!


  9. Your Irish soda bread with the raisins looks incrdibly tasty & lovely too!
    A grand bread! :) Yum Yum Yum!

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