Irish Soda Bread
(Last Updated On: May 16, 2022)

Name: Irish Soda Bread
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings: 12



4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seed
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Heat oven to 375F. Prepare a baking sheet, stone, or two cast iron skillets with a light coat of oil.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Cut in shortening and mix into a coarse crumble. Add raisins and caraway.

In a separate bowl, mix buttermilk and egg. Stir into the dough mixture.

On a lightly floured surface, kneed the dough for 5-6 minutes. Divide into two and place on prepared baking sheet. Shape into round loaves. Use a sharp knife to cut an X in the middle of each loaf. Brush melted butter over the top of each loaf and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

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