Overhead photo of plate with slices of Irish Soda Bread, butter in a small round dish and a silver knife.
Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

This Irish Soda Bread is a family favorite for St. Patrick's Day! It's incredibly moist and loaded with currants and golden raisins.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 457 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 cups cold buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup golden raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a 9x2-inch deep pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together 4 1/4 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and caraway seeds. Add the butter and mix on low speed until coarse crumbs form. 

  3. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the buttermilk and the egg. With the mixer on low, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture just until incorporated.

  4. Toss the currants and raisins with the remaining 1/4 cup flour, and add to the dough. Dough will be sticky. Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface. Knead a few times and form into a round, domed loaf. Place into prepared pie plate. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep X in the top of the loaf. Bake until the loaf is cooked though and a tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool in the pie plate for 15 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely. Can be served warm with butter or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 507mg14%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.