Irish Soda Bread

I m from Pennsylvania, and my family is Irish, but I live in the South now where it s hard to find a traditional Irish Soda Bread.
Every year when St. Patty s looms, my Northern friends crawl outa the woodwork wanting to know when the soda bread is coming. Well here it is.


  1. 3 c all-purpose flour
  2. 1 T brown sugar
  3. 2 T granulated sugar
  4. 1 T baking powder
  5. 1 t baking soda
  6. 1/2 t kosher salt
  7. 4 T very cold butter cut into pats
  8. 1 c buttermilk divided
  9. 2 eggs divided
  10. 1/2 c raisins or dried currants
  11. 1 t caraway seeds (optional)
  12. cinnamon-sugar mixture (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Sift together dry (first six) ingredients
  3. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry cutter or fork
  4. Beat together 3/4 c buttermilk and 1 egg
  5. Add wet to dry along with raisins and seeds Combine with stiff spoon
  6. With clean hands knead mildly and form dough into a ball DO NOT over-knead!
  7. Press ball into lightly-greased cast-iron pan round cake pan or pie plate
  8. Using a floured serrated knife cut a cross () into top of loaf
  9. Beat together 2nd egg and the remaining 1/4 c buttermilk Brush over top and sides of loaf
  10. Sprinkle very lightly with cinnamon sugar
  11. Bake 40 minutes or until cake pick comes out clean
  12. Remove to cooling rack

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