Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread Irish Soda Bread

Servings: Makes 2 loaves
Difficulty: Easy

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4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream





Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange oven rack to the middle row. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

Add flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the butter and cut in using a pastry cutter until it looks like small peas. Add the buttermilk, raisins, and caraway seeds and stir until it looks like a shaggy biscuit dough. Turn out on your cutting board and knead for 20 seconds until it comes together.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and heavy cream. Divide the dough into two pieces. Form each into a round ball on the prepared sheet tray, tucking in the seams beneath the dough. Brush each round with the egg wash then score an x on the top of the round using a sharp knife.

Bake for 30 minutes, until golden browned, and when a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.

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I love your magazine, and keep most of them for your excellent recipes. About two years ago your march issue contained a recipe for Irish soda bead baked in a cast iron skillet. Some how I lost the magazine, and no longer have the recipe. I've looked for it on your recipe sight, but can't seem to find it. Is there any way to retrieve the recipe?

By bonnie brogan on April 03, 2014


I think two TABLESPOONS of baking soda should be two TEASPOONS. The bread tasted very bitter with so much soda in it.

By Heather-Mae on March 18, 2012


OMG! Did you mean 2 teaspoons of baking soda instead of 2 tablespoons? I have eaten a lot of Irish bread, but this was the worst ever! Sooo salty!!!

By Callie on March 16, 2012


last year you made an Irish Soda bread,with orange peel,where can I get that recipes?that was so yummy1..thanks Laticia Socci

By Anonymous on March 15, 2012


Hi Paula: Traditional Irish Soda Bread isn't made with raisins, sugar, heavy cream or caraway seeds. This version is called "Spotted Dog".

By Kelli on March 15, 2012


What can I use if I can't have butter milk? I want to make this so bad!

By Anonymous on March 13, 2012

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