World’s Best Irish Soda Bread


This recipe is actually an annual re-post but, it’s one of the most requested recipes on the site!

What’s a Jewish girl doing with her Mom’s Irish Soda Bread recipe?  NOTHING.

But, my mom does have an insane amount of generational recipes in the section I cataloged “Jewish Judy.”   With Passover right around the corner, I simply can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and start exploring!

But, we’re not talking Passover just yet.

We’re talking St. Patrick’s Day!

And, like I said, I’m Jewish.  Unfortunately for me, Mom has no Irish Soda Bread recipes floating in her archives.  And, it just wouldn’t feel authentic making this bread for my family.  So, I reached out (only 2 NYC blocks) to my dear friend Claire.  I could sense that not only would her  12-year old daughter be stomping throughout her apartment practicing her Irish Step Dance for the St. Patty’s Day Parade, but, I just knew her kitchen would be wafting with the warm sweetened smells of Irish Soda Bread.  And I was right.

I am thrilled to have Claire share her authentic Irish Soda Bread recipe:

Not only did my mom make soda bread for her, she made it for neighbors, friends and of course, any St. Patrick’s Day dinner she was attending.

Over the years, like any good Irish girl, she has tried a number of Soda Bread recipes. But, one always rises to the top (no pun here).  Her friend Kathleen’s recipe, handed down to from great-grandmother (Mary Halloran) to her grandmother Mary Ann Henry from Galway Ireland, is simply delicious.   Enjoy!


World's Best Irish Soda Bread
Recipe type: side
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Serves: 1 loaf
Quite honestly, one of the most delicious Irish Soda Bread recipes that you can make in the comforts of your own home!
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon. salt
  • 3 cups of raisins
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1⁄4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins, and caraway seeds in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend eggs add buttermilk and sour cream, then stir into flour mixture.
  4. Form into round loaf and place in a slightly-greased a 12″ cast iron pan (baking pan will do).
  5. Make a cross on top with a knife and bake 65-75minutes.
  6. Let cool and serve with butter!
  7. Enjoy.
The bread freezes well too!



  1. Hello, I just made this and the dough was very wet. I stirred in the flour until it was combined, however, I didn’t knead it and the instructions didn’t say to do so. I could not get an “x” in the top as the dough was so wet. Is this correct?

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