Irish Soda Bread from County Cork Recipe -
Irish Soda Bread from County Cork Recipe
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Irish Soda Bread from County Cork

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"This is my mother's recipe. She makes it several times a week for some function or another. My sister loves this so much she has to control herself or she would eat a whole one with a stick of butter! I usually only make this easy soda bread for events that my mother can't come to! Slice into wedges, butter, and enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch round loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, cut together the self-rising flour, sugar, and butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg with 1 cup of milk. Lightly mix the milk mixture into the flour mixture until it holds together. Place dough in prepared baking dish, and brush top with 1 tablespoon of milk for a nice golden brown crust.
  3. Place the bread into the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake for 1 hour. Let cool before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 18, 2010

I just pulled this out of the oven and tried a piece, and I really like it. It's slightly sweet and the crumb almost reminds me of cornbread. My husband just tried a bite and said, "Oh, that is good!" It doesn't matter to me if it's truly authentic or not, I just wanted something tasty to serve. Thank you for an easy and tasty recipe to serve with St. Patrick's Day dinner!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2012

Mine was done (and a little over cooked at that) at 40 minutes. Next time I will only use 1 cup of raisins, they were sort of over powering.

Mar 18, 2010

I had to make this since my ancestors are from County Cork! It is awesome right out of the oven. No butter needed. I didn't have raisins, but I didn't miss them at all.

Mar 25, 2011

True to its name. My grandmother is also from County Cork and this is exactly the recipe she uses.

Sep 26, 2011

This is one of the better soda breads that I have made. I left out the raisins because I don't like raisins in my soda bread, but otherwise I followed the directions exactly. It was a sweet bread with a tasty texture (like another reviewer stated - it has a cornbread-type of consistency). My whole family enjoyed it, and I will definitely be making it again.

Dec 07, 2011

I just baked this recipe and it turned out sweet, rich and crunchy on the outside. Excellent. I needed a self-rising flour recipe since I was out of regular. Also I had to use yogurt rather than milk. This is so good I am going to experiment with dates, blueberries and raspberries in place of raisins.

Apr 18, 2011

Nice taste, half of the family ate it the other did not care for this at all.

Mar 21, 2011

Very good, we added green food coloring and luv'd it!


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  • Calories
  • 282 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 5.1 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 441 mg
  • 18%

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

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