Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

With St. Patrick’s Day looming, I thought it only appropriate to post this recipe for Irish Soda Bread. The recipe was given to me by my sister-in-law, Heloise. Having married into an Irish family, I’ve found that soda bread recipes are numerous and varied. But, this one is my favorite.

Warning: Do not attempt without a stand mixer (like  Kitchen Aid), or MAJOR hand/wrist/arm strength.


  • 4 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ lb butter
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C raisins
  • 1 C chopped walnuts


  1. Blend (using bread hook) flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and butter.
  2. Add sour cream and eggs. Blend well.
  3. Add raisins and chopped walnuts.
  4. Pour into two greased & floured loaf pans.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 375. Then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 45 more minutes.
Soda Bread on Cooling Rack
Soda Bread on Cooling Rack

Enjoy warm or cooled, with or without butter.

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