Irish Soda Bread

While we may be 2 months from St. Patrick’s Day, I am sharing with you my Irish Soda Bread recipe. Last night as I laid in bed, I felt a strong need to bake this bread, and share it with you today.

This is a family recipe, my grandmother’s actually, from County Cavan, Ireland. I am proud to say both of my father’s parents were immigrants,  straight “off the boat” from Ireland. This meant I grew up with grandparents with incredible work ethics, countless cups of tea, and beautiful Irish brogues. Although my Poppy, is no longer with us, he lives through my Mimi, and the incredible love she has for him.

Mimi, well, she is something else. She is truly the heart and soul of my big Irish family. She raised 5 children, to successful adults, and is the loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren. As I thought about her last night, I realized that there are truly very few people like her in the world. She is pure goodness, not a bad bone in her body. She is someone who as you spend time with her, can’t help but feel her warmth and her heart. She is a true lady, polite and gracious, a real class act.

This past weekend my Mimi, suffered a large stroke. She is still in the hospital, and recovering slowly. As I visited her yesterday, she didn’t say much and kept her eyes closed, but held my hand. My family is a very strong family, and she is getting the best care possible, and all the prayers we can say. I know she will open her eyes soon, for she has the world’s most beautiful blue eyes.  There is a song, called “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” that could not be more fitting for my grandmother. I can’t wait to see her blue eyes again because “when Irish eyes are smiling, sure they steal your heart away!”


1.3 cups of flour

2. 1/4 cup of sugar

3. 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

4. 2 tablespoons of melted butter

5.1/2 teaspoon baking soda

6.1 cup of raisin

7. 1 egg beaten

8. 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk

9. 1 teaspoon of salt


1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Stir together flour and baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

3. Add in the melt butter.

4. Next, add in the sugar, egg, buttermilk and raisins.

5. Stir until it forms a dough consistency, then turn into a greased and floured loaf pan.

6. Bake for 1 hour.


The only way to eat Irish Soda Bread, is with a little, softened butter spread across it along with a piping hot cup of tea. I hope you all enjoy this recipe, if not for the taste of the warm soda bread, but for the love behind this recipe. The love my grandmother had and still has for my Poppy, the love she has for Ireland and where she came from, and the love my family has for the woman with those smiling Irish eyes.