Irish Sour Cream Bread

"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!"
photo by Karen Elizabeth photo by Karen Elizabeth
photo by Karen Elizabeth
photo by Maureen in MA photo by Maureen in MA
Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 large loaf




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

Questions & Replies

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  1. hrmmc
    Do you use a mixer or mix by hand?


  1. mammafishy
    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!
  2. Vicki H.
    Too easy to be such a tasty bread! Returned to bread making during Covid19 pandemic...had always baked in coffee tins BUT coffee no longer comes in tins! So we tried this when our Italian Sicilian recipes didn't rise enough. Also make a mean challah, but the sweetness of this makes it irresistible.
  3. Greeny4444
    This was very good. It is similar to Recipe #20616 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 Recipe #86868. Thanks for posting this!
  4. Karen Elizabeth
    Amazing, I was so pleased with this. I've made it as a gift, so I will get feedback tomorrow, but it baked to perfection and smelled wonderful, DH complained that I always give the best stuff away! :lol: I did not use the optional raisins or caraway seed, but otherwise as directed. I was glad that you mentioned the batter would be sticky, otherwise I might have panicked a bit, I am not the best baker and wasn't sure what to expect! I sprinkled with cinnamon And castor sugar! Thanks Maureen for a lovely recipe, made for PAC Spring 2009!


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