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Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time:20 min
Cook Time:1 hrs 15 min
Yield:1 loaf


  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 5 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • OR 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening, cut into cubes, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups raisins
  • 2-3 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg


  1. 1.
    HEAT oven to 350ºF. Generously spray a 10-inch round, heavy ovenproof skillet with no-stick cooking spray.

  2. 2.
    WHISK together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in an extra-large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.

  3. 3.
    WHISK buttermilk and egg in medium bowl until blended. Using a wooden spoon, stir into flour mixture just until incorporated (dough will be very sticky).

  4. 4.
    TRANSFER dough to prepared skillet. Smooth top, mounding slightly in center. Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut 1-inch deep "X" in top center of dough.

  5. 5.
    BAKE 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

  6. 6.
    COOL bread in skillet 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and cool completely on wire rack. Store tightly wrapped in foil at room temperature.

  7. TIP
    This bread tastes great toasted and served with your favorite Smucker's® Jam, Jelly or Preserves.


Serving Size (1 slice of 24), Calories 230 (Calories from Fat 45), Total Fat 5g (Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 290mg, Total Carbohydrate 43g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 20g), Protein 5g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 8%, Iron 10%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Irish Soda Bread 4.8 5 3 6
Family loves it! Left out the caraway and used currants, following everything else exactly. Easy to make and everyone loves it! Thanks! March 17, 2013
The best Irish Soda Bread I've ever had My brother made this for Easter a number of years ago, it was wonderful. I've made it many times since. The flavor is especially good. I'm not usually a fan of caraway but combined with the raisins it's delicious. The directions are easy to follow and the outcome is just what I was looking for. This tastes great with a spread of butter, but I especially like it the next day toasted. I do the toasting under the broiler or sometimes in a toaster oven because the bread does get kinda crumbly. February 7, 2013
Great Tasting Soda Bread The first time I had Soda Bread was a couple of years ago from my local grocery store around St. Patrick's Day. It was in the day old rack on sale, I had never heard of Soda Bread before so I was blown away with the taste of it. and I started to look up as much information on soda bread I could find. I was no stranger to making bread, I grew up watching my grandmother making it by hand. She later had me making it by hand too. Since then I have been on a personal quest to find the recipe closet to this taste. Well I think I have found it in this recipe from Crisco. I have tried a few others but it was not really close till now. This recipe is also the easiest I have come across, and the first bread I did not have to knead. I use my 12 inch Lodge cast iron pan to bake it in. It makes for a great dessert with some butter, I personally give this recipe 5 stars. October 10, 2011
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