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Irish Soda Bread

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Today we share not one but two Irish Soda Bread recipes.

“But Chris, there are tons of Irish Soda Bread recipes on the net. Why don’t you just give us one?”

Because these are family recipes. And when it comes to family recipes, it ain’t that simple!

Just like at Thanksgiving, where Rachel and I battle over whose family stuffing is better (totally mine), we each favor our own families Irish Soda Bread recipes. So we’ll share them both, and let you decide which you like. This way, everyone is happy, right?

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The Collins recipe is from Rachel’s side, her Mom’s, and the Murphy recipe comes from my side, my Aunt Marie’s (fun fact: my Uncle Mike, her husband, was born on St Patrick’s Day. So there ya go).

Which recipe did we make and feature below? I could tell you, but what’s the fun in that! But truth be told, both recipes are tasty so you can’t go wrong.

We baked a loaf of this bread up over the weekend and ended up making lunch out of it, it was just too good to pass up. Even Baby Boy was enjoying it (raisins removed for him of course).

Have a Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Irish Soda Bread - Murphy Recipe


  • 1 3/4 cups unsifted flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (about)


  1. In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add raisins and caraway seeds and enough buttermilk to give a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough out on a flour board and knead briefly until stickiness disappears.
  3. Form into a round flat loaf and place in a greased 8-inch layer cake pan.
  4. With a knife cut an X in the top surface of loaf.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove to rack to cool thoroughly before slicing

Irish Soda Bread - Collins Recipe


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons Crisco
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and raisins, then cut in the Crisco.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and baking soda, then add to the flour mixture and mix well.
  4. Divide dough into 2 and place on a sprayed/buttered cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325 and continue baking 20 minutes. Time might vary so check with a toothpick or dry spaghetti noodle, which should come out clean.

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10 thoughts

  • March 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Ohhh yum. My family recipe for soda bread is probably our most prized possession–I can wait to eat a whole loaf of it all by myself come Saturday! (Oh wait, did I just say that?!) Sadly, Murphy side, we reject the caraway seeds in ours, but I don’t miss ’em! 🙂 I can’t wait to make a loaf in my own little kitchen…there really is nothing like it. Thanks for sharing these!

    • Chris
      March 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Hahaha. I’m with you on rejecting the caraway seeds. Enjoy your Irish Soda bread and St Patrick’s Day Tara!

  • March 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love Irish soda bread! I have a recipe that I make every year and plan to bake it up this evening 🙂 Both of yours look fantastic!

  • March 16, 2012 at 12:28 am

    These look great! Here’s the challenge. Ever converted one to gluten-free??? We have just discovered my 10 yo might be gluten intolerant so I can’t bake something that looks this good and tell him, nope, you can’t have it!

  • March 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I think you made both recipes! :-). They both look delicious. I like the Collins best because it contains the most soda. When I was growing up my Grandmother made soda bread almost every morning and it smelled so good. I never got her recipe, so thank you so much. I can’t wait to try it!

  • March 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Ooh, yummy! I wanted to make this for Saint Pat`s Day, but it got kind of busy!

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  • Jaz
    March 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I made the Murphy version yesterday and it was simply and absolutely divine. The caraway was a tasty addition and the party-goes raved about it. I chose this one b/c I refuse to bake/cook with Crisco. The Murphy recipe fits my food philosophy. Thank you for posting it! I’m considering making another today to share with my husband since he was out of town yesterday!

    • Chris
      March 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      So glad you liked it Jaz! We’ll pass your approval on to Aunt Marie 🙂

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