Dan’s Favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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Gabriel Published: May 5, 2020 Modified: September 17, 2020

This family favorite recipe for Irish Soda Bread is so good that I make it on St. Patrick’s Day and all year long! It is chock full of plump raisins. To add more fiber, I added the whole wheat flour. I have been making this recipe for more than 15 years.


How To Make Dan's Favorite Irish Soda Bread

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An instant favorite! This incredibly easy recipe for Irish soda bread can't be beat! All it takes is a little bit of elbow grease and patience for it to cool down – no fuss with playing with yeast and fermentation times.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 20 mins
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  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces with extra for serving
  • 2 eggs, large, beaten
  • 1/2 cup. buttermilk
  • 15 oz raisins, soaked in very warm water for 2 hours

For Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan or 2 large cast iron skillets.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
  4. Add the butter and pulse 8 to 12 times or until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  5. Add the 2 large beaten eggs, and buttermilk, and process for 15 to 20 seconds or until dough comes together.

  6. Dust a work surface liberally with flour; turn out the dough onto work surface.
  7. Add the raisins; knead with floured hands, adding more flour if needed to make a soft dough and to form two round breads.
  8. Transfer to prepared skillets or baking pan.
  9. Brush loaves with egg wash, and with a serrated knife, cut an X into top.
  10. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until top is golden and a skewer inserted in center comes out clean.

  11. The bread should sound hollow when tapped on bottom with a knife.
  12. Remove from oven and let bread cool on a rack for about 15 minutes.
  13. Slice and serve warm with butter.
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