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Irresistible Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Irresistible Irish Soda Bread
This soda bread is dense and moist, thanks to the tangy addition of buttermilk. See more

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

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"A very easy, very good tasting bread. Best if made the day before, or several hours before serving."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 07, 2007

This is our favorite Soda Bread. The only tip I can offer is that chemically leavened breads should sit out at room temp for 30 minutes or so in the loaf pan following the mixing to allow the soda and powder to do their jobs. This will create an airier loaf - this holds true for pancakes, biscuits, etc...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 02, 2006

From the photo of this bread, it does look irresistible. However, there is one ingredient that is not listed and probably makes this bread irresistible, and that is Raisins.

Mar 16, 2003

Having never made soda bread before, I was confused as to which recipe might be "the best." I tried this recipe as well as "Amazingly easy Irish soda bread" (submitted by Megan). I liked this bread, but my husband thought it was really plain and boring. However, I LOVED the "Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread" recipe. So, while "Irresistible Irish Soda Bread" was VERY EASY and quite good, the "Amazingly Easy" version produces a bread with a tender, flaky crust and a slightly sweeter bread.

Mar 18, 2006

This isn't traditional Irish Soda Bread, more like a sweet breakfast bread. I think it is better suited for a brunch or tea than St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! It was tasty, if a little bland. Adding currants makes it less bland (because it isn't like soda bread) and more like a homeade raisin bread. It was hard to reconcile the fact that the bread is both sweet and savory. If you want authentic Irish Soda Bread, check out the "Irish Brown Soda Bread" recipe on this site.

Apr 11, 2003

Wonderfully soft and moist. Everyone at our St. Patty's Day party loved it. I put the batter in two aluminum loaf pans (the kind you can throw away) and they baked up beautifully. Thanks!

Apr 11, 2003

Very Good. This bread is a soft dough, so you must put it into a bread pan, unlike other soda breads that you can shape into a loaf. This as with all soda breads is a dense bread.

Mar 03, 2007

how much raisins?

Sep 03, 2003

This was very quick and easy to make. I wrapped it in foil overnight and the next day it was so good. It's a good bread for soup or chili or stew. I will definately make this again. Janet McWhorter, Roanoke, Va.


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  • Calories
  • 192 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 5.1 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 497 mg
  • 20%

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

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