Classic Irish Soda Bread

Classic Irish Soda Bread

Course: Breakfast, Snack, Side dish, Main courseCuisine: Irish, Irish American
Cooking time



A favorite recipe from a favorite customer!
Classic Irish Soda Bread – good anytime of the year!
Photo by Mary Miller.


  • 2 cups 2 Maine Grains Sirvinta Wheat Flour

  • 1 cup 1 Maine Grains Sifted Wheat Flour

  • 1⁄4 cup 1⁄4 sugar

  • 1 tbsp 1 baking powder

  • 1 tsp 1 baking soda

  • 1⁄2 tsp 1⁄2 salt

  • 4 tbsp 4 unsalted butter (1⁄4 cup)

  • 1 cup 1 raisins

  • 1 cup 1 buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • Options include adding caraway seeds with or without the raisins, spreading a milk and confection sugar icing when cool, drizzling with Maine (of course) maple syrup.


  • Place oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 400ºF.
  • In a large bowl combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well to combine all.
  • Cut the butter into pieces and add to the flour mixture – crumbling by hand till well incorporated.
  • Add the raisins.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk and egg together and add to the flour/butter mixture with a rubber or wood spatula.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and fold it over onto itself several times shaping into a round loaf.
  • Transfer the loaf to a cookie sheet lined with parchment and cut a large cross onto the top of the loaf.
  • Bake for the first 15 minutes at 400ºF, reduce to 350ºF and bake another 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick should emerge clean when inserted into the center.
  • Cool the soda bread on a rack then enjoy with sweet butter and bitter orange marmalade.

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