Sweet Irish Soda Bread

Sweet Irish Soda Bread | ASpicyPerspective.comSweet Irish Soda Bread Recipe, perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day. Two tender loaves of slightly sweet bread speckled with traditional raisins and caraway.

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My husband and I eat at an Irish pub every Saint Patrick’s Day. The first year we did this, we ended up in a little pub in Tulsa, Oklahoma called Paddy’s.

If I remember correctly, we ate fish and chips and Irish stew. Yet what really caught my attention was the soda bread. It was moist and dense with a slight sweetness that didn’t overshadow the soda flavor… I’ve been working on a comparable recipe ever since.

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While I like the appearance of the free-form, cross-topped, savory versions of soda bread, I prefer the sugary note and texture of  “loaf pan” varieties.

The flavor of this Sweet Irish Soda Bread recipe gently balances strong, savory Irish dishes.

It’s hearty, with a surprisingly delicate taste.

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This is no utilitarian loaf. It’s a quick-bread with a sense of warmth and personality.

A stand-alone soloist, that needs no back-up singers, but will happily join in the choir!

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After testing numerous dry, crumbly versions, I believe I’ve finally found a winner.

This Sweet Irish Soda Bread, adapted from Brother Rick Curry’s The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking, is delightful and just as I remember it so many years ago.

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To take it to another level, serve this Sweet Irish Soda Bread warm with rich, tangy Irish butter from a specialty food market.

Half a loaf is better than no bread at all. ~ An Irish Proverb

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20 Responses to “Sweet Irish Soda Bread”

  1. CattyCooksposted March 17, 2010 at 12:18 am

    This looks great!


  2. CattyCooksposted March 17, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Having problems printing out recipes… could be I'm on a mac. The aren't compact enough for one page. What do you think?


  3. Sommerposted March 17, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Ok, my husband tried printing on his mac and was able to reduce the size to one page by editing out the pictures and intro. I had the print function setup this way so everyone could choose what they want to print. Try editing something out and let me know what happens. Thanks Catty!


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  5. John McQueeneyposted December 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I love this recipe. I think the buttermilk and the egg are what makes this version so fun to eat. I have used it approx. 12 times and I get lots of compliments each time. Delicious!


    • Sommer — December 19th, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

      Thanks John, so glad you like it!


  6. Nancy Longposted March 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

    getting ready to make this, but am concerned about the 2 teaspoons of baking powder for 5 cups of flour. I have a recipe that calls for 1 tablespoon to 3 cups of flour and it’s been a family fav for years now.


  7. Nancy Longposted March 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Made this today in 4 smaller loaf pans to go with our late St Paddy’s dinner. Was loved by all. Hubby who doesn’t like raisins is raving and had several pieces. Friends took home loaves for tomorrow. Thanks


  8. Guy Terpeningposted March 6, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Just took my loaves out, cooled them and ate a piece slathered in butter (the way I remember eating them).
    I have not had Soda Bread in more years than I can remember, great recipe!
    Thank you very much!



  9. G.Smithposted March 6, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    You don’t say how much or what type liquid to soak the raisins in. Clarification please.


  10. G.Smithposted March 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Sorry, I just saw the liquid in the middle of the recipe.


  11. M.Dincerposted November 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Love it . Thank you for the recipe  :)


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  13. Vicke Macfarlaneposted March 5, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Noticed your comment about eating at Paddy’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We are from Tulsa, now in Houston.  We still feel like it is home in a lot of ways.   Do you live near Tulsa?  Just curious Sommer.  
    Thank you for your posts and Blog!


    • Sommer — March 8th, 2016 @ 8:11 pm

      Hi Vicke! I grew up in the Tulsa area. Now my family is in Asheville, North Carolina. :)


      • Vicke Macfarlane — March 9th, 2016 @ 8:58 am

        Small world Sommer!  You certainly live in a beautiful area of the country.  

  14. naleśnikiposted March 6, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    They will love it! It’s so yummy ; ).


  15. Sharon DeVineposted March 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I tried your recipe yesterday and my bread turned out perfect! I used less raisins than the recipe called for because we don’t love them that much. The caraway seeds ad a delicious flavor. I will never be able to eat grocery store Irish soda bread ever again. Thank-you for a great recipe.


  16. VanessAposted July 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

    if I don’t have buttermilk can I make it with half and half and vinegar


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