• Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 40 min
  • Serves: 10 servings

Irish Soda Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

Category: Breads, Quick Breads, Holiday, Irish, Inexpensive

 Ingredients List

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, chilled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten


Traditionally served on St. Patrick's Day alongside corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread is great any time of the year.


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until evenly combined. Add the butter pieces. Using clean fingertips or a pastry cutter, rub the butter pieces into the mixture until it forms coarse crumbs. Then add in the walnuts, both types of raisins and the orange zest; mix to distribute evenly.

3. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk and the beaten egg. With your hands, knead the dough in the bowl until it just comes together and all ingredients are evenly combined. Form the dough into a round and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the round all over with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of buttermilk. Use a sharp knife to cut an "x" into the top of the round.

4. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, plain or with a bit of jam or butter.

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