Grandma Jean’s (Real) Irish Soda Bread

Okay y’all, this is an Irish MUST to serve with or without your corned beef and cabbage!! This is Grandma Jean’s REAL Irish Soda bread recipe, so gather your friends and family and get your jam, jellies and butter ready!

Soda bread is a soft textured cake like bread that rises due to the reaction of the
acid of a liquid like buttermilk, and a base like baking soda. ,

Although the Irish didn’t invent Soda Bread it is most often identified with them.
The “soft wheat” is the only suitable flour that can grow in Ireland’s climate, and
when mixed like a traditional dough it doesn’t form any gluten like a traditional
yeast bread, it does work well with a soda bread recipe.

The Idea of using soda to leaven bread was done by the American Indians
centuries ago, where they used pearl-ash or Potash( a natural soda in wood ashes) ) in their breads to make them rise.



  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 lb butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins


Combine all dry ingredients, add in butter, eggs, buttermilk and raisins. Mix well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45-50 minutes.

Serve with your favorite preserve or warned butter and ENJOY!!!!!

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