Irish Soda Bread with Caraway Seeds

High Cotton Food Styling & Photography
  • Yield: 20 servings

"Irish Soda Bread is popular in Ireland, especially with afternoon tea. As with any oft-made recipe, everyone makes it a little differently and is sure theirs is the best."


5cups all-purpose flour
1cup sugar
1tablespoon baking powder
1teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2teaspoons salt
1/2cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 1/2cups raisins
3tablespoons caraway seeds
2 1/2cups buttermilk
1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter using two knives or a pastry blender until mixture is the texture of cornmeal.
  3. Add raisins and caraway seeds; mix well. Add buttermilk and egg and stir until just blended.
  4. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake 50 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pans to cool completely.

— Judi Lynn, Huntley, Ill.