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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

  • Cook Time: 2 Hours
  • Yield: 16 slices

Traditional Irish soda bread with the flavors of caraway and raisins-best served fresh from the oven!


  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ c. shortening
  • 1 tsp. Caraway Seed
  • 1-½ c. buttermilk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1-½ c. raisins
  • ¼ c. sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325º F
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, caraway seed, salt, and
    baking soda in large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until
    mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in raisins, egg, and buttermilk; mix until ingredients are just blended (dough will be somewhat dry).
  4. Turn out onto well floured surface and with floured hands knead dough 8 to 10 strokes. Shape dough into a ball; place in greased 2 quart round casserole dish. Brush dough with egg white.
  5. Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted
    in center comes out clean. (Cover top of bread with foil after 1 hour of baking to prevent over browning). Cool bread in casserole dish 10 minutes. Remove bread from casserole and cool completely on wire rack.
  6. TIP:  Golden currents can be substituted for the raisins.