N .y. C. Irish Soda Bread

"Classic Irish Soda Bread"
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1 six inch loaf




  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  • Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Combine 1 beaten egg, raisins and buttermilk.
  • Add to mixture above and stir until just moistened.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead gently for 12 strokes.
  • On a greased baking sheet, shape the mixture into a 6 inch round loaf and cut a cross (4 inches wide and ¼ inch deep) in the top.
  • Brush with the other beaten egg.
  • Bake at 375°F for 35 minutes or until golden.

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  1. Terri F.
    This is great bread! The only thing I did differently is lower the heat to 325 at the end, and bake an additional 10 minutes. After 35 minutes at 375, the outside was done, but the middle was still very doughy. Thanks for posting this, I will make it again for sure.
  2. Amy Duchesne
    This turned out wonderful! I cooked mine in my rotisserie counter top oven and it was done all the way through at 35 minutes. The funny thing is that I find it tastes like KFC biscuits, only with raisins!!LOL. Which is perfect for me since here in Québec the KFC's don't sell biscuits! So thanks again!! I posted a picture too.
  3. Xylocoyne
    This recipe is very traditional, but I like my bread a little bit sweeter, so I put in 1.5x the brown sugar. I do not knead this dough by hand it is much to sticky, I just fold it in a bowl and it comes out fine. I also grease a cup cake tray and use that instead of making a loaf, the middle is never undercooked.
  4. johnanddee369
    Perfect loaf! Made exactly as written, using currants. Covered last 8 minutes with foil and it was a golden moist tasty side for our irish feast. Leftovers toasted beautifully this morning for breakfast.
  5. tinarie831
    I made this last year for St. Paddy's Day and it turned out wonderful, so I am making extra this year to share. The ingredient list is not in order but, if you follow the instructions, it is not that hard. I baked each loaf in a glass pie dish and the bake time was perfect for each loaf. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!


  1. lizbone11
    Omit egg and butter, decrease buttermilk and add more flour.
  2. estella_orion
    I had to give it the 10 extra minutes to cook the centre, and I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins (neither I nor the husband like 'em). It was lovely.
  3. Amyschnabi
    Delicious! Making it with cranberries instead of raisins is also a good option. Thanks for a fabulous recipe!


I was raised in NJ just across the river from NYC. I spent 30+ years moving and travelling all over the country and world for work as an engineer. I retired in 1993 and travelled around the USA in a RV. In 1996, I bought a great little house in Frostproof FL and I'm here until I get called to the Great Gourmet Kitchen in the sky. I have several hobbies that keep me very busy. It's a pleasant change to be doing things that I want to do instead of what someone tells me to do.
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