Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by yooper

I have never made this, and doubt I ever will, since I'm not a fan or raisins. The reason for this submission is that this was a favorite recipe from Chef Jerry O'Leary, who worked in the corporate dining room at Cantor Fitzgerald's in the World Trade Center. Jerry lost his life on Sept 11. Taken from Oct 2002 issue of "Bon Apetit."

Top Review by wilkiethegrid

Wow! I don't know what traditional Irish Soda Bread tastes like so I'm calling this recipe it. I ran out of AP flour so I used two cups of Bread flour to make up the five total. I used 1 1/2 cups of zanti currants 1/2 cup Golden raisins and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries to make up the dried fruit. Then I pumped up the fruit by macerating in 1/4 cup of Johnny Walker Green.(Scottish I know but same effect). The photo shows I was able to shape it so I could bake it on a stone. I took about an hour to get a clean toothpick. It is very sticky dough to work with like a giant biscuit. All of my family and friends said it was the best they had ever had. This will be my traditional Irish Soda Bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Generously butter heavy ovenproof 10 to 12-inch diameter skillet with 2- to 2 1/2-inch-high sides.
  3. Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend.
  4. Add butter, using fingertips, rub in until coarse crumbs form.
  5. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.
  6. Whisk buttermilk and egg in medium bowl to blend.
  7. Add to dough; using wooden spoon, stir just until incorporated.
  8. Dough will be very sticky.
  9. Transfer dough to prepared skillet; smooth top, mounding slightly in center.
  10. Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut 1-inch-deep X in top center of dough.
  11. Bake until bread is cooked through and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  12. Cool bread in skillet 10 minutes.
  13. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

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