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Nana Dot's Irish Soda Bread


"This was my mom's mothers recipe (my Nana Dot) and has been passed down for generations, direct from Ireland. If you like soda bread, this is awesome!"
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45 m servings 121 cals
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 loaves)


  • Calories:
  • 121 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 4.2 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.8g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 220 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl until evenly blended. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in the raisins, currants, and caraway seeds, then make a well in the center and pour in the milk and vinegar. Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface, and knead gently 8 to 10 times. Divide the dough into two balls, and place onto the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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  1. 131 Ratings

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I have never had Irish Soda Bread before, so I have nothing to compare this to. This was very much like a big, yummy, buttery biscuit. I didn't have caraway seeds or currants, so I only used rai...

Most helpful critical review

Not sure what i did wrong but I did not care for this.

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I have never had Irish Soda Bread before, so I have nothing to compare this to. This was very much like a big, yummy, buttery biscuit. I didn't have caraway seeds or currants, so I only used rai...

Loved it! I made two different recipes for Irish Soda Bread and far-and-away preferred this one for the following reasons: 1. Texture. This was so light and flaky. The other one I made was ve...

Best soda bread recipe I've made from this site. Saves really well as long as you have it covered. Toasts wonderfully. As far as traditional goes, because this recipe is one of the only ones to ...

Absolutely delicious! I used 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour and 1 c all-purpose. I added an extra T of sugar. I omitted the caraway seeds, and used all raisins since I didn't have currants. My husban...

Now THIS is what soda bread is supposed to taste like! Perfect texture! This is the best thing to come out of my oven in a long time.

Excellent Texture. I used raisins & chopped Apples, and a tiny bit of almond extract for sweetnes.....excellent

I have made many recipes from this site and have rated them all, but I have never written a review until now... This is the best Irish Soda Bread I have ever had!! You will not be disappointed!

Very good- like a giant british scone, only more crunchy on the outside due to the longer baking time. It was too mushy to knead, and needed a lot longer (and lower temp) baking to finish the in...

This had a wonderful texture and the kids loved it. I did not have currants or caraway seeds,but for our purposes I think that just raisins was perfect. I think this bread would have been grea...