Irish Soda Bread


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I’m sharing my grandmother’s recipe for soda bread. Enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf; Total time: 1 hour


  • 2 cups flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  2. Coat a round cake pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut butter into 1-inch sections and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Add buttermilk and raisins and stir to combine.
  5. Shape dough into a ball and place in cake pan. Flatten the ball so it reaches the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar, cut an “X” in the top, and bake for 40 minutes.

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