Irish Soda Bread

It's St. Patrick's Day! Coming from a family of Irish descent and a lot of Irish pride, this holiday always served as a great excuse to get together and celebrate our relationships and the excitement of being together. There were a few years I was lucky enough to travel to Massachusetts to visit with Aunts, Uncles and Cousins!

The greatness of St. Patrick's day is only made better by the great food that isn't normally served throughout the rest of the year like corned beef and cabbage, and of course Irish Soda Bread. This is the recipe that my family has used for a long time, my grandmother got this one from a neighbor's Irish born relative. It is certainly a favorite and the taste brings back great memories. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Do you have family food traditions for St. Patrick's Day?

Irish Soda Bread: A Donnelly Family Tradition


1/3 cup butter
4 cups flour
1 TB baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 1/2 cups of sour milk (1 1/2 scant cups of milk with 1 1/2 TBS vinegar, stir together and let sit for a few minutes)
2 cups raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Cut the butter into the flour.
  3. Mix in baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar, egg, milk and raisins.
  4. Finish the mixing by kneading with your hands, just long enough to get everything combined.
  5. Split into two loaves, and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 45 minutes. Check after 30 minutes, you may need to place foil over the loaves to prevent over browning.
  6. A wooded skewer should come out mostly clean when the inside is done baking.
  7. Serve warm with butter or jam.