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Sweet Irish Soda Bread

Super delicious slightly sweet soda bread dotted with raisins and caraway.

Irish soda bread

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Sweet Irish Soda Bread

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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 2 loaves


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-1/2 cups raisins
  • 3 tbsp caraway seeds
  • turbinado sugar (for sprinkling)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter two 9x5-inch bread pans. Soak the raisins in hot water for 15-20 minutes, then drain well.
  • Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut the butter into cubes and mix very thoroughly with the flour, by hand, until it looks grainy. Stir in the drained raisins and caraway seeds.
  • Add the buttermilk and egg to the flour mixture. Stir well. The dough should resemble thick cake batter. Equally fill 2 loaf pans. Then sprinkle the top of each with turbinado sugar to make it shimmery.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Cool in the pans for 3to 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Keyword Irish Soda Bread, Sweet Irish Soda Bread
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