Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Raisins

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Irish Soda Bread, a national heritage… and a Wilson family favorite. Whether it be St. Patrick’s Day or any spring day.

According to Census data, there are 39.6 million American who claim Irish heritage including five million who say they are of Scots-Irish heritage.

That number is almost seven times larger than the entire population of Ireland (6.3 million). After German, Irish is the most common ancestry of Americans with the bulk of those claiming Irish ancestry residing along the eastern seaboard (Irish Central).

So whether you can claim the green or not, according to U.S. News, 127 million will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, shelling out $4.6 billion on festivities.

Lucky me– I get to claim Irish, on nearly every branch of our family tree… and we will celebrate.

While this soda bread recipe is a slight departure in its purest form, this is the one my son always requests. For a truly traditional soda bread, view my Traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread recipe.

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Included below are two recipes, one large, one small. The small loaf makes 2 to 4 servings. I line a 6 inch cast iron skillet with parchment paper and bake it in that. It should serve 4 people, but my husband, Rick, leaves a small portion for me and enjoys the rest.

The large loaf recipe is what I make most of the time. Especially when our son is home from college.

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Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Raisins – Small Loaf

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Irish Soda Bread, a national heritage… and a Wilson family favorite. Whether it be St. Patrick’s Day or any spring day. A delicious twist on the traditional Irish Soda Bread.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the melted butter and buttermilk. Stir gently until the dough comes together. Fold in the raisins.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently for about a minute, until the dough comes together. It will be sticky. Pat the dough into a disc shape about 6 inches in diameter, slash an “x” across the top, cutting about 1/2-inch deep.

Place on a baking sheet coated with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

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Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Raisins – Large Loaf

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Irish Soda Bread, a national heritage… and a Wilson family favorite. Whether it be St. Patrick’s Day or any spring day. A delicious twist on the traditional Irish Soda Bread.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Irish
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Ingredients

31/2 – 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
11/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the melted butter and buttermilk. Stir gently until the dough comes together. Fold in the raisins.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently for about a minute, until the dough comes together. Add flour or additional buttermilk as needed. Pat the dough into a disc shape about 6 inches in diameter, slash an “x” across the top, cutting about 1/2-inch deep.

Place on a baking sheet coated with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Keywords: Irish Soda Bread, Soda Bread

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

12 thoughts on “Irish Soda Bread with Buttermilk and Raisins

  1. judy di

    quite possibly the best soda bread i have ever eaten, my husband and kids love it, really!

    1. You made my day!! Thanks. We had a few pieces leftover from last night and it was tasty toasted this morning with a drizzle of honey!

  2. I remember soda bread from when I was a kid and I love it! This looks much better though, I don’t remember ours looking so crusty and pretty! And of course you can’t go wrong with raisins! Pinned. Take care.

    1. Our son’s favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day is always the soda bread. He’s in college now and is still reminding me not to forget to make “the” soda bread. Which is always the one with raisins! Thanks so much!

  3. Ricki

    Making it right now but the larger version is definitely taking longer than 30 minutes to bake. Going on 50 minutes now. Suggested bake time? An hour?

    1. We’re on the same wavelength. I’m also making another batch as we speak/write. My oven tends to run warm, so it could take longer to bake. Today, it took 35 minutes for the larger one to bake. It changes with our humidity, and it’s pouring outside. I would love to know how long it took in your oven so I could update the notes! Thanks so much for letting me know!

      1. Hey! Well it took about 60 to 65 minutes to be fully done. It was wonderfully moist inside!

        1. I’m so glad!! Mine has never taken so long to bake but I’m glad it was moist. I had intended to freeze what I baked last week – but it didn’t last. I will be baking more this week 🍀😊! Thanks for the update!

  4. Sue

    If I leave out the sugar will that adversely affect the bread?

    1. Hi Sue! Because the sugar is limited in quantity, I don’t believe removing it will affect the texture. In fact, our Traditional Brown Soda Bread recipe has no sugar added, and it’s delicious too.

  5. PattiAnn

    Just made this to accompany a bowl of beans made in IP. It tastes great but a little crumbly. I did sub out AP flour for Whole Wheat Pasty Flour. Only one tab sugar. I think I will add a little more buttermilk next time.
    I’m in Central Oregon, dry & hot today, 4000 ft.
    Thanks for recipe

    1. Hi PattiAnn! I’ve not tested this recipe with Whole Wheat pastry flour — so glad to hear the results, and thank you for posting. I’ve also had to adjust the buttermilk on dry, warm days. You’re in one of my favorite spots! We’ve spent so many July days in Sunriver and Bend!

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