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MAKES ONE 9-INCH LOAF

Caraway seeds are often included in Irish soda bread; they add a crunchy bite that contrasts with the sweet, soft raisins. Baking the bread as a rectangle in a loaf pan as opposed to the traditional round on a baking sheet preserves moistness and makes neat slices.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oven to 400°. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut or rub in the butter until the mixture is the texture of fine meal. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, whisk two of the eggs to combine. Whisk in the buttermilk. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Put the dough on a floured work surface, pat into a loaf, and put into the prepared pan. Beat the final egg to mix and brush the top of the loaf with it. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1/4-inch-deep lengthwise slash down the middle of the loaf leaving a 1-inch margin at either end.

Step 3

Bake the soda bread in the middle of the oven until well browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn the loaf out onto a rack and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Ratings & Reviews

biscottihottie's Review

biscottihottie
March 17, 2012
reading the above reviews, I have to agree that althought the bread was tasty , it was on the dry side. 400 degrees for 1 hour is WAY TOO much heat for the loaf. Had to turn the heat down to 350 about 30 min into baking because the top started to burn. That is the way I have mad other soda breads and they bake "just right"

marylew's Review

NRiley
April 06, 2011
I HAVE MADE THIS RECIPE 2 TIMES. IT CAME OUT ON THE DRY SIDE, AND I WAS WONDERING IF 1 HR WAS A LITTLE LONG OR COULD I HAVE USED SLIGHTLY MORE BUTTERMILK. FAMILY LIKE THE TASTE AND TOASTING AND BUTTERING SOME PIECES ADDED A LOT TO THE TASTE. WOULD APPRECIATE ANY SUGGESTIONS. THANX

portland's Review

portland
March 17, 2011
this was a decent soda bread...easy to make and handle. the best part was the finished product; the egg wash gave the loaf a beautiful, professional crust.

Viktorija's Review

Viktorija
June 19, 2010
Really tasty raisin bread even thouhg the raisins which were on the top of the loaf get burned!! Moist, soft & delicious - suggest warm for the breakfast!!

NRiley's Review

marylew
March 23, 2010
I'd never made an Irish soda bread before and this turned out very good. I think I could have reduced the bake time a bit because it was a little dry, but that's how I expect a soda bread to be. I baked it in a stoneware loaf pan so that could have had something to do with it. Definitely a keeper recipe.

racingchef's Review

racingchef
March 12, 2010
Very tasty and easy to make. I did not need to bake my loaf as long as they suggested. Will definately make again!