Irish Soda Bread

This is the scone-like version with rasins and caraway seeds. See a wholemeal version here.

Makes one 1# loaf (8-inches in diameter)


  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 T plus 1 ½ t sugar (or 1.5 T)

  • 1 ½ t baking powder

  • ½ t salt

  • scant ½ t baking soda

  • 3 T butter

  • 1 egg

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 1 ½ t caraway seeds

  • ¾ cup raisins


Preheat oven to 300°

Spray a 8 or 9-inch pie dish with canola spray and reserve.

In a Cuisinart (or bowl of stand mixer) combine dry ingredients and pulse to combine.

Add butter and process or mix until completely incorporated.

Crack egg into a separate large mixing bowl and whisk.

Add buttermilk and whisk to combine.

Add caraway seeds and raisins and stir to combine.

Pour dry ingredients over liquids. Using a large spoon or stiff spatula, combine with a few strokes until it just comes together into a ball.

Turn dough into prepared pie dish and bake for one hour.

copyright 2008-ad infinitum Katie Fairbank