Irish Soda Bread

Colleen Sowa Recipe

By Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7

A Family
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This is an easy bread that most Irish families made fresh every couple of days depending on the size of the family. This recipe was from my Great Grandmother Sullivan who had 15 children!


3 c
flour (sifted 3 times)
1 1/2 tsp
of each: baking soda and baking powder
1/3 c
1 c
buttermilk (can also use sour milk)
1 c

Directions Step-By-Step

Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Add in the sugar and raisins. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add in the buttermilk and form a dough. On a floured surface, knead to dough by folding the dough into itself over and over. Form a round shape and cut a cross shape on the dough to keep the bread from "bursting" during the baking process. Bake the bread for 35-40 minutes at 350°F.

*** Serve with Irish butter (or any butter). Eat warm, cold or toasted.
*** Traditional is with raisins, but you can substitute craisins or dried cherries. Or... omit any fruit.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Marisa Ventriglia Missy66
Mar 5, 2013
I made this for a meeting tonight and used chopped dried figs and caraway, in place of the raisins. It tastes great, not at all like baking soda, but the loaf was small and didn't rise a lot. As a result the texture was dense. I'm not Irish and I know there are a ton of variations, some using butter, eggs, etc. But I figure since this is a peasant bread, the version without those items is closest to traditional. Thanks for sharing!
Anna Brown Granna11
Apr 4, 2012
Colleen, Thanks for the reply, I wasn't to bad, The soda taste was strong, may of gotten a little to much--Ii divided the recipe in half. My husband liked it and ate most of it, l.o.l i made it to go with the 'mystery" stew that I made. It was a 'mystery" because I couldn't tell what the meat was? But it was good, ;-) Thanks for the butter recipe, I've never made "home made butter", so I might try it, ;-)
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Apr 2, 2012
Hi Kim, LeaAnn, and Anna! I just now got a notification.... sorry! Kim Thanks for Sharing! LeaAnn... so happy you made it and enjoyed it! Anna... it is good with or without raisins... hope you enjoy it. I will post a link to one of my recipes that has the Irish Butter recipe included.... Irish butter just has a higher fat content... You can also make butter with whipping cream. xo
Anna Brown Granna11
Apr 2, 2012
Well, I just tried making it, guess what ?, No raisins, l.o.l., so I made it without them, I'll let you know, l.o.l.