Mary’s Tavern Recipes ~ Irish Soda Bread

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Welcome into Mary’s Tavern! As you can see, Ireland is the theme for this month. On the menu: warm Irish Soda Bread fresh out of the oven. Of course, I’ve brought out the good china from Ireland and tea is on the menu, as well.

There are many versions of Irish Soda Bread, each claiming that theirs is the exact version, but as many of you know, I love to tweak recipes. My particular version is one I’ve been making for over twenty years. Instead of leaving it plain on top, I brushed it with melted butter and sprinkled it with a combination of sugar and cinnamon. It tastes heavenly right from the oven. It’s perfect anytime of the day, including with a cup of tea.

If you have a recipe for Irish Soda Bread, feel free to share!

Irish Soda Bread

2 ½ cups flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons caraway seeds

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup buttermilk

2/3 cups golden raisins

1 tablespoon butter, melted

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8 or 9-inch round cake pan.

Combine in large bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 3 tablespoons sugar, and the caraway seeds. Cut in the butter and mix with hands until mixture resembles oatmeal.

Make a well in center of flour. Pour in buttermilk and add raisins. Mix lightly. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently a few times. Shape into a 5-inch round load and place in prepared pan. Using a sharp knife, cut dough crosswise into quarters about one-third of the way through. Brush top with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar that has been mixed with the cinnamon.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with butter.


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  1. Kay Boyce

    Hi Mary, I love the teaset and the bread sounds so scrumptious. Am going to have to try making a loaf. Its been some years since I baked. Thankyou

    • Great, Kay! The bread is delicious and easy to make.

      I bought the teapot at an Irish Import store decades ago. But I purchased the sugar and creamer in Dublin on my first trip to Ireland in 2000. 🙂

  2. the tea set is beautiful, recipe looks delicious

  3. Anne

    Aye! Put the kettle on,Mary. I’ll have my cuppa w/o milk,please. Oh, and a slice of the soda bread too..if I may. <3

  4. I’m going to try your recipe this weekend. Sounds delish. Have a great weekend.

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