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irish soda bread with raisins

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Irish


This classic Irish soda bread with raisins is hearty and tender, slightly sweet and perfect with corn beef or Irish stew. For that matter I love it slathered with butter, too!


Units Scale

4 c unbleached all-purpose flour

1 t baking soda

1 t salt

1/4 c packed brown sugar (optional)

4 T unsalted butter that is very cold

1 c raisins (I used golden raisins) Make sure they are nice and plump.

23 t caraway seeds (optional)

2 c buttermilk

1 large egg

2 T molasses (not blackstrap)

For Brushing:

1 T heavy cream or half and half

For Sprinkling:

1 T rolled oats / raw sugar


If you have a pizza or baking stone, use it. If not a cast iron skillet or a heavy baking sheet will work, too.

With oven rack in the middle of oven, preheat oven to 425 with your choice of cook ware inside it.

Combine flour, baking soda , salt and brown sugar (if using) in a large bowl. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds, if using.

Form a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk, egg and molasses. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture comes together. Using floured hands, turn out onto a floured surface. Knead just a bit to form into an 8″ round. Place on parchment paper to transfer to oven

Before you transfer, using a sharp knife, slash a deep X across the top and then brush with heavy cream and sprinkle with oats and sugar.

Transfer to oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when thumped.

Serve hot or warm or at room temperature, cut into wedges or torn into chunks.


From: A Real American Breakfast