Traditional Irish Soda Bread

CWA OSJ Designee, John Waldron, shares his favorite recipe for soda bread. This recipe is from his sister’s best friend’s mother. Grandma Moohan was from Ireland and his Aunt, who also happens to be from Ireland, has even said she thought it was better than her own recipe!


From: Grandma Moo

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 1 Hour


Dry Ingredients:

3 cups Flour

2/3 cup Sugar

1 tsp. Salt

1 1/2 cups Raisins

3 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Baking Soda

Wet Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Buttermilk

2 Eggs, beaten

3 tbsp. Melted Butter or Margarine



  1. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix all wet ingredients
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well by hand
  4. Turn into greased and floured cake pan (tall, 1 layer, aluminum cake pan works best!)
  5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour
  6. Traditionally, when the bread has firmed in the oven a bit, you should slice 2 intersecting lines across the top to make an “X”
  7. Cool on a rack
  8. Serve with generous amounts of butter available and Irish tea (optional, but highly recommended!)