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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread | Sweet Remedy

According to the Internet, Soda bread is not Irish if it contains sugar or raisins. Well, my Saint Patrick’s Day tradition is Irish Soda Bread and the recipe calls for both sugar and raisins. It was a let down to learn that the recipe I’ve been eating all my life wasn’t authentic. I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter. Recipes get handed down through the generations and altered in some way. I suppose this is the Irish-American version of Soda Bread. Whatever version you want to call it, it is my families recipe and I wouldn’t change a thing.

This morning we made French Toast out of this bread. It was a multi-cultural breakfast! I had fun making up names for the french toast. co-mingling the words French and Irish. I wonder if some ancestor is rolling over in their graves right now.

For St. Partick’s day I made Chocolate Stout Brownies with Raspberry Sauce and intend to bring them for a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at Joe’s parents. We are also smack dab in the middle of brewing some Coffee and Donuts Stout. Wish us luck on this batch of beer.

Hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend!


Irish Soda Bread

Omit the raisins, add caraway seeds... whatever floats your Irish boat!

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 min


4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
4 tbsp butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix dry ingredients together with the butter. Form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Mix the egg with the buttermilk and pour into the well. Mix until combined and add the raisins.

Turn it onto a floured baking sheet (or frying pan) and form into a ball.

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Related Recipes:

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Irish Soda Bread French Toast – I used the above recipe for a loaf of Irish Soda Bread then I dipped it in whisked eggs, milk and cinnamon for a hearty Saint Paddy’s Day breakfast or brunch!

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7 Responses to “Irish Soda Bread”

  1. #
    Marisa — March 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

    oh my gosh, I want a taste of everything you described! haha I didn’t make any this year bc I forgot about the buttermilk. My family recipe for soda bread includes a sugar glaze and my Grandmother is FROM Ireland! It is probably because she always loved sweets. 🙂
    as always, love the blog!

  2. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I never knew that about Irish soda bread, I think our recipe has sugar in it, too. . .

  3. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — March 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Haters can hate because soda bread NEEDS raisins. That’s what makes it delicious! I wish I had some of mine leftover to make into French toast…

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    SandyK — March 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I’m going to buy more raisins tomorrow and make your version of Irish Soda Bread. I want to see how much different adding the egg makes. Possibly just a slightly different texture. Will let you know.

  5. #
    Lynna — March 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I never had Irish soda bread until recently and I was surprised at how much I liked it! 😀 This looks great!

  6. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 25, 2013 at 3:17 am

    That is one of the best looking soda breads I’ve seen, it looks so tender!


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