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Classic Irish Soda Bread – good anytime of the year!


2 cups Maine Grains Sirvinta Wheat Flour
1 cup Maine Grains Sifted Wheat Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter (1/4 cup)
1 cup raisins
1 cup 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.


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


Course: Breakfast, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack

Cuisine: Irish, Irish American