Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Add buttermilk; stir well until a dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 3 to 4 times. Pat dough into an 8-inch round cakepan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and bread is golden. Let cool in pan 5 minutes; loosen edges of bread with a knife. Remove from pan; let cool on a wire rack. Cut into wedges.
Made this for St. Patrick's Day, and it turned out great! Very easy to make, and the raisins and caraway seeds keep it interesting. My family especially liked it sliced thin, buttered, and eaten with afternoon tea. Made exactly as written except that I poured a little boiling water over the raisins and let them soak for a while before adding them to the recipe.
I chose this recipe because it calls for caraway seeds - for me, Irish Soda Bread HAS to have caraway! This recipe is fantastic for those with a yeast bread phobia like me. It bakes up light and moist. It is wonderful fresh out of the oven or toasted later.
Delicious. I almost omitted the caroway seeds simply because I didn't have any on hand but I went to buy some and I'm glad I did. I love the flavor they add. I made this to go along with corned beef and cabbage but I look forward to having some with a cup of hot tea.
Delicious! It's perfectly moist (some soda breads can be dry), and the raisins and caraway seeds give it a great flavor. I was worried it wasn't going to turn out well because my dough was VERY sticky, but it baked into a beautiful loaf. On a whim, I entered an Irish soda bread contest using this recipe and won second place out of 18 entries!
While this bread has a nice taste to it, I find it to be very heavy. Definitely add 2 cups of raisins, otherwise it would be a bit bland. Next time, I would try using only 2.5 cups of flour and some cinnamon. It was extremely easy to make.
Great, my husband, 5 & 8 yr old children all enjoyed it with our St. Patricks Day Meal. I used cranberries instead of raisins, and poppyseeds instead of caraway seeds. Turned out great, I will make it again. Next time I would like to try figs and the caraway seeds.
WOW I've never made soda bread before but I did last night and I was totally surprised how much I like it! we brought to a friends for dinner and everyone raved about it. I subbed some chopped figs and dates for some of the raisins but that was the only thing I did differently. This was so easy and tasty.
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