Classic Irish Soda Bread

Copycat Irish Soda Bread


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Bake up your own sweet and dense loaf of this traditional Irish bread. If you aren't keen on the taste of raisins, you can substitute them with 3 cups of currants.

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Serving Size / Yield

2 loaves


  • 8 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 6 tsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
  • 3 C. Seedless Raisins
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 C. Milk
  • 2 1/4 C. Plain Yogurt

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 round 2-quart casserole dishes with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut and mix in butter until flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins and set aside. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Remove and reserve 2 Tbs. of the beaten eggs. In another small bowl, mix the milk and yogurt until thick. Stir milk and yogurt mixture into egg; add flour mixture until dough is sticky. Place dough on well-floured surface, and knead about ten strokes to mix thoroughly. Place dough into well-greased, large bowl. Cover bowl with dampened towel and let dough rest for about an hour. Divide dough into two balls. Place each ball of dough into one casserole dish. In the center of each ball, cut a 4-inch cross, 1/4 inch deep. Brush dough balls with reserved 2 Tbs. of egg. Bake for one hour and 20 minutes. Cool in casserole dish on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on rack.

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