Irish Soda Bread



Irish Soda Bread

This Irish Soda Bread recipe is direct from Ballyheigh, County Kerry, Ireland courtesy of Colleen O'Halloran. It goes great with our menu for St. Patrick's day.Note: You can change the number of people served by placing your cursor over "Servings". The Ingredients will adjust to the new number of servings.
Course Snack
Cuisine European
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 cups flour Option: 2 cups white flour and 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup black raisins
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons butter for brushing when taking from the oven


  • Combine flour, salt, soda, sugar, baking powder and raisins in large bowl and mix well.
  • Beat eggs, add butter and buttermilk. Add to above (Make a hollow in center of dry ingredients, pour liquid into center and mix). Mix until its pliable.
  • Toss on floured surface and knead 12 times, form into a round loaf or put into a 9-inch cake pan.
  • Cut deep cross on top and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for one hour. Brush top with melted butter as it comes from the oven.


When it comes from the oven, tap it on the bottom, if it sounds hollow, it's done. Enjoy!

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