Irish Soda Bread
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  1. Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir well to
  3. mix.
  4. Add the butter and combine until well-blended into the flour mixture.
  5. Stir in raisins.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk ad egg together and mix into the dough mixture with a
  7. rubber spatula.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and fold it over itself several times, shaping
  9. it into a round loaf. Transfer the loaf onto a cooking sheet covered with parchment paper or
  10. onto a pizza stone and cut a cross in top.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for about 15-20 minutes
  12. more until slightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  13. Cool the bread on a rack and serve with plenty of sweet butter.
Recipe by Debra Sennefelder at