By 1Steve on February 25, 2002
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"This Irish soda bread recipe was passed on to me by a dear friend of my mother's who was born and raised in Ireland. It's the best Irish soda bread I have ever had. It is much higher, lighter and softer than most other recipes I have seen. It has an excellent flavor and texture, as well."
Serving Size: 1 (77 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
"Wonderfull Soda Bread!! Very light and lots of raisins and caraway. Didn't change a thing and it is the best I've made in years!! A real keeper, thanks for sharing 1Steve, we will make it again and again."
"This was my first time to ever make or taste Irish soda bread. I made it for our St. Patrick's Day family get-together. It was wonderful. Very light in texture and the caraway seed adds so much to the flavor. I can't imagine anyone leaving this ingredient out. I am bread-making challenged and I thought this recipe was very easy to make. Thanks 1Steve."
"I made this for an "Irish night" at work and the clients nearly trampled me getting to the table to try this! Several of them gave me their addresses so I could mail then the recipe! This has a velvety texture, the only thing I did that was different cut the caraway in half. Kudos 1Steve!"
"I loved It! I would not change a thing. I have been craving Irish soda bread, and this was the best I ever had.It was not difficult to make and It came out very moist."
"I made this to go with our corned beef St. Paddy's Day dinner on the Zaar "Go Irish-Go Green" cook-a-thon on March 16/17, 2002. What a great choice! This was very easy to whip up, looked great, and tasted even better. Very light and very moist. I had to leave out the caraway seeds due to hubby's dislike of them, but I'm sure they would add a great taste. I used fatfree sour cream and it worked fine. Thanks for posting this, Steve; it's a real keeper!"
"I've made this dozens of times over the past few years but I forgot to rate it. It is a family favorite. I used to just make it around St. Patrick's day but the kids love it so much I make it year round now. We leave the raisins out so that my picky eaters will still like it. I don't have a springform pan but it comes out nicely when I grese and flour my round 9" cake pan."
"Great taste and easy to make.Perfect for St.Patricks dinner.Thanks for sharing the recipe."
"Perfect, perfect, perfect! Soda bread doesn't get any better than this. We leave out the raisins and caraway seeds due to family preference. Third time around, I subbed 1-2/3 cups sour fat-free milk for the sour cream; couldn't taste a significant difference when it came out of the oven. Perfect side for lamb stew, weekday breakfast, etc."
"adding my 5* to the rest...this is excellant, crusty, light & flavorful. The only adjustment I made was to 'plump' the raisins..covering with boiling water for 2 min. then draining before adding to the batter...I find this not only adds to the appearance but makes them softer. Thanks for a great recipe..."
"Fabulous 1Steve! Made this yesterday and it was just perfect. I can see that this recipe is open to one's creativity... and am planning to try several different addition ideas. Thanks a bunch for sharing :)"
"I have been making this recipe for years and the family expects it every Saint Patrick's Day! I use chocolate chips and serve it as a dessert! Yum!"
"This really is the best Irish soda bread--at least that I've eaten. The only change made was that I used golden raisins and soaked them in some Irish whiskey before adding. I can't wait for breakfast to try it toasted."
"This is my go-to soda bread recipe. I make this around the holidays every year, and instead of raisins and caraway seeds I'm going for cranberries and candied pecans this time around."
"I am someone who doesn't like soda bread, but I saw this recipe, read all the great reviews and figured I'd give it a try for St. Patrick's Day. I have to say I liked it. I think I won't use the caraway seeds the next time, just as a personal taste preference. Two work colleagues who like soda bread said it was delicious. It is more bread-like and moist; other soda breads I've had are hard and dry. It was quick and easy to make. Thank you all!"
"Thank you for the recipe. I am a beginner cook and this was the first time I ever tried to make bread. It came out great and disappeared quickly. The recipe was well written and easy to follow!"
"I made this last week and it went fast. Did not add caraway seeds or raisins due to picky eaters. My 12 year old insisted that I let her make it this week so she can someday make it for her family. Thanks for an easy good recipe."
"It was a superstar at my St Patty's Dinner.<br/>I made a few substitutions.<br/>I read many recipes that used buttermilk , so I was nervous only using sour cream.<br/>I used 1 c. sour cream and 1 c. buttermilk to equal the pint of sour cream in the recipe.<br/><br/>I chose to make it a savory bread instead of sweet, so I omitted the seeds and raisins and used fresh herbs and cheddar cheese .<br/>I used chives, parsley and rosemary from my garden. I went light on the herbs and it was absolutely perfect! the texture was dense, but moist and everyone raved about it."
"This is the best Irish Soda Bread recipe I have come across. I have an old hand written one I had gotten from a pub in Ireland decades ago... and I thought there was never any topping it.. Thanks for proving me wrong. I did add currants and soaked them in whiskey before adding to the bread. My daughter doesn't like raisins. It was still a great hit... Thanks for posting this recipe online Steve... * big hugs*"
"Excellent! If I had known Irish Soda bread was so easy I would have made it years ago. I served it with sweet butter for our St Pats Day dinner. I love caraway but I think I would use just 1 tbls next time. Thanks 1Steve for this special treat."
"This was like the best irish soda bread. It was the first time that I've ever made irish soda bread w/caraway seeds in it and at first they took me by suprise, but then they really added a new depth to this bread. The sour cream kept this moist and delisious...wonderful toasted with some butter, thx."