Mom's Irish Soda Bread


  • 1 cup buttermilk, divided
  • 1 ½ cups golden raisins
  • ½ cup butter, melted – divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1egg
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).


  • Step 2

    Grease a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

  • Step 3

    Spoon 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk into a small bowl; place remainder of 1 cupbuttermilk into a separate bowl.

  • Step 4

    Stir golden raisins into the larger amount of buttermilk and allow raisins to soak while you complete the remaining steps.

  • Step 5

    Spoon 1 tablespoon of the melted butter into the small bowl with the tablespoon of buttermilk; stir to combine and set aside. Set remaining melted butter aside.

  • Step 6

    Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

  • Step 7

    Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in reserved butter, and stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Step 8

    Mix the egg into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.

  • Step 9

    Mix the soaked raisins with buttermilk into dough and shape dough into a ball.

  • Step 10

    Place the ball of dough into prepared pie dish and lightly pat dough down so top is slightly domed.

  • Step 11

    Use a sharp knife to cut two crisscrossing lines through the center of the loaf about 1/4 inch deep.

  • Step 12

    Thoroughly brush buttermilk and butter mixture over the loaf, getting the mixture into the crevices.

  • Step 13

    Bake in the preheated oven until loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour.

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