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Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

50-60 min



Baked Good


Peggy Flaherty's Mother's "secret recipe"

30 min

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About the Recipe


Thankfully Peggy Flaherty agrees that this recipe is too good not to share! I wanted a large round loaf so I shaped mine as such and baked it on a sheet pan (free form) but Peggy typically bakes it in a greased & floured large loaf pan or 2 medium size loaf pans. I serve mine with orange honey butter (recipe to follow).


3 cups of all purpose flour

½ tsp of baking soda

3 tsp of baking powder

½ cup of sugar

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 cup of raisins (I used golden raisins and added an extra ½ cup)

1 & ¼ cups of buttermilk (not reduced fat)

1 extra large egg

Frying Pan


Step 1:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk.  Set aside. 

Step 2:  Cut the cold butter into cubes.  Cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter (or 2 forks) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the raisins. 


Step 3:  In a separate bowl mix the egg with the buttermilk.  Pour over the flour and raisins and mix together.  Dough will be sticky.  Turn the dough onto a well floured surface and gently knead (about ten strokes) and shape into a round loaf. 

Step 4:  On a parchment lined sheet pan bake the loaf for 50-60 minutes, (until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Orange Honey Butter

Author:  Jodi Hoffmann

Prep time:  10 min


Zest of one medium orange

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 TBSP of honey

Place the room temperature butter into a bowl.  Add the zest of one medium orange and the honey and mix well.

hand mixer

Buon Appetito!

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