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Irish Soda Bread Recipe & Happy St. Patrick's Day 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hello blog friends.  I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day and for the past few years I've posted this recipe for Irish Soda Bread on the blog.  

Irish Soda Bread is one of my favorite breads and I was so happy when this recipe was given to me by our friend and his mom was from Ireland.

This recipe is so simple and easy to make and tastes best made warm right out of the oven and smothered with some butter.

I bake this bread every year and I hope you will enjoy this Irish Soda Bread recipe.



3 cups regular flour
1 egg
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/2 stick margarine
1 cup raisins
1/4 box caraway seeds
3 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
(Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon - if desired)


All ingredients at room temperature

Use shallow greased 9" baking tin.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Bring raisins to boiling point only.  Drain and cool.  Sift together all dry ingredients.  Rub in margarine.  Beat egg and buttermilk together.  Add to mixture using a wooden spoon.  Fold in raisins.  Mixture will be on the dry side- light dough.  Roll into baking tin.  Smooth top with spoon.  Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Cool on rack thoroughly.  Glaze with melted sugar (2 tablespoons) in 1/2 oz. boiling water.  Top of cake only, sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar.  Slice and serve with butter.


**  NOTE:  I did not use the caraway seeds or the sugar glaze on top of bread that the recipe calls for, and it still tasted amazing.


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  1. I can't believe I forgot about Irish Soda Bread!! This is such a good idea to make for the holiday! :)

  2. Recipe sound delish. I'm going to give it a try,

  3. I have never made Irish Soda Bread, but I did try it once and it was delicious. Thank you for sharing, my friend. I will have to try your recipe :)

    Happy weekend! Hugs!

    1. in 2016 I made a bunch of soda bread during , as I became bored of baking cakes.. they were good, and all my friends enjoyed.. :)

  4. love the recipe.. I'll bake it on weekend..

  5. This is one of my faves. I always have gotten it from the bakery and never have bakes one. I think I might be brave and try your recipe. Wish me the luck of the Irish as I try my hand at this.
    Happy Friday.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. Hi Julie! I just love Irish Soda bread and have made one for years. It makes a huge bread, always too much for us. It is true that it is best out of the oven and the next day it is not so good. I like your recipe because it makes a smaller amount. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Yum! I love Irish Soda Bread! We bought some at TJ's this year because I haven't had a chance to make it this year.

  8. Hi Julie - Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thank you for the recipe - I love that it is straight from an Irish Mum! xx Karen

  9. Hi Julie, I've never had Irish soda bread, I'd never really thought about making in until a friend recently said how good it was. I may just have to give this ago without the caraway seeds too as we don't get them here.


  10. I saw your post about this bread on instagram Julie. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  11. When I was teaching there was soda bread every St. Patrick's day. Now that I am out of the classroom, we never have it. I should try your recipe! Off to pin it!

  12. This looks so good. I'm afraid I'd eat the entire loaf if I baked it. Hope you had a very happy St. Patrick's Day.


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