Classic Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for raisins
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch diced
  • 1¾ cups cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup raisins


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.

3. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk and egg in a measuring cup.

4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.

5. Combine the raisins with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf.

6. Lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.

7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a baking rack.