Irish Soda Bread and Whiskey Butter Recipe -
Irish Soda Bread and Whiskey Butter Recipe
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Irish Soda Bread and Whiskey Butter

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Original recipe makes 1 loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    9 hrs 25 mins


  1. Place raisins in a small bowl; pour in whiskey and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, drain raisins and reserve the leftover whiskey.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
  5. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  6. Stir drained raisins, orange peel, and caraway seeds into dry ingredients.
  7. Beat in buttermilk and 1/4 cup melted butter to make a thick batter.
  8. Transfer batter to prepared casserole dish.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  10. Beat 1/2 cup butter in a bowl until fluffy; beat in reserved whiskey, 1 teaspoon at a time, to taste. Serve with soda bread.
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Mar 18, 2012

Love this recipe! It is very tasty and moist, no need to spread butter on it.

Mar 18, 2012

SOOOOOO good! I used craisins instead of raisins and used a sweet whiskey (SoCo). yum :)


7 Ratings

Jun 05, 2012

The only changes I made were that I used currants instead of raisins and I used 1/2 Tbsp of orange extract instead of orange peel. It was a great tea bread!

Mar 12, 2013

I used half the amount of whiskey, changed the flour to spelt flour, used soy milk instead of buttermilk, and honey instead of sugar. All of the changes were for family preferences. The bread is disappearing fast! The whiskey gives a dimension of taste that makes this good!

Mar 28, 2015

Made this in a 2 qt round casserole. It was delicious. The family loved it and enjoyed every crumb. I buttered the corning dish and had trouble getting it out in one nice loaf. Today I'll make again and use Baker's Joy. That should take care of the sticking problem. I plumped the raisins with bourbon in the microwave...didn't plan ahead to plump them overnight. Used low setting. Yummmm.

Jan 19, 2015

This was fast, easy and flavorful. If you have a round casserole dish, it makes a more traditional presentation. I also like to soak the raisins in whiskey and sugar before adding them to the dough for about an hour.


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  • Calories
  • 321 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 12.2 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 480 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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