Grandma O’Connor’s Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day would never be complete without a loaf of my Grandma O’Connor’s Irish Soda Bread.  Mary Josephine Ryan O’Connor was my Dad’s mother and I developed my love of tea when frequently enjoying afternoon tea with her.  She always had a sweet bite of something to go with the tea and if we were lucky, it was this soda bread.  She was so warm and loving and I miss her every time I make this recipe.

I hope you enjoy it as much as all us O’Connors do.  And don’t wait for March to make a loaf, it is great with morning tea any time of the year.

Grandma O'Connor's Irish Soda Bread
  • 3¼ cups flour ( I often use half white whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 T. butter, melted
  • 1 cup raisins or currants (I like to use golden raisins, Grandma used currants)
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 whole eggs ,beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together by hand and mound into center of greased and floured round cake pan.
  3. Score top of loaf with an X .
  4. Bake for one hour.
  5. Serve with Kerrygold Irish butter.


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