Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

This is a delicious twist on the traditional Irish Soda Bread, that omits the "soda" entirely and substitutes sour cream for the traditional buttermilk. I think it makes the loaf more moist, sweet and delicious. It has become my favorite version. My husband got it from a colleague, whose great-grandmother (Mary Moriarty, born in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland in 1902) handed it down to her. Bravo Mary Moriarty!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift first 3 ingredients together in Large bowl (#1).
  2. Mix next 5 ingredients in Smaller bowl (#2).
  3. Slowly mix Bowl #2 ingredients into Bowl #1 until well blended.
  4. Mix in 2 cups of Raisins (and 1 tablespoons Caraway Seeds, if desired).
  5. Pour into 9" greased and floured round cake pan and shape into round loaf. (Note: Batter will be sticky.).
  6. Sprinkle the top with Cinnamon and/or Sugar, if desired.
  7. With a sharp knife, make an "X" in the top of loaf.
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees.
  9. When toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.
Most Helpful

I started out looking for a true authentic Irish soda bread for an upcoming St. Patrick's day party but after much research on it, I opted to try this recipe instead....something I thought everyone would enjoy and eat. This was very moist and delicious! Made as directed except no caraway seeds even though I would love to try it that way once. The fact that this came from a true Irish grandmother is authentic enough for me! Thanks for sharing!

mammafishy March 12, 2016

This was very good. It is similar to Irish Rosie's Irish Soda Bread in taste (I think) - a bit sweeter. I know I'm going against the intro of this recipe, but I did add 1/2 tsp. baking soda to "bowl #1" to balance out the sour cream. I also used softened butter (since the recipe didn't specify). I didn't add the optional raisins or caraway seeds, because of family preference. Made this for St. Patrick's Day to go with Corned Beef and Cabbage in Guinness. Thanks for posting this!

Greeny4444 March 17, 2010