Grandma Linda's Irish Soda Bread

My Irish side loves Irish Soda Bread. I always look forward to having this on St. Patrick s Day. Back in high school, I tried to make it, but it was a total failure. Over 15 years later, I tried to make it again, using a recipe that my mother in law got from a good friend of hers. It was really good and so simple I have tried to make it myself every year since I got this recipe. Hopefully, you will like it as much as we did. This recipe makes 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves. For mine, I used two 9 inch cake pans. Enjoy!


  1. 4 cups flour
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  6. 1 1/2 cups raisins cooked * (see below)
  7. 4 tbsp raisin juice * (see below)
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 1/3 cup buttermilk ** (see below)
  10. 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Heat Oven to 375
  2. In a large bowl add flour baking powder salt and sugar
  3. Cut in the butter
  4. Add raisins and the raisin juice
  5. In a separate bowl combine the egg and buttermilk Add baking soda to liquid Quickly stir into dry ingredients
  6. Change Dough will be very sticky Put into a well greased loaf pan and cut a cross into the top about 1/2 inch deep
  7. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes for large loaf or 40 – 45 minutes for 2 small loaves
  8. Cover raisins in saucepan with water and bring to a boil quickly then simmer for 5 minutes Save 4 tablespoons of the raisin juice Drain the raisins *
  9. If using milk instead of buttermilk put 2 tablespoons of vinegar in milk and let stand undisturbed for 5 min Then add egg amp baking soda Stir lightly amp quickly add to the batter **
  10. Enjoy!

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