Irish Soda Bread with Brandy-Soaked Raisins

Irish Soda Bread with Brandy-Soaked Raisins 1





45 (min)



  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp butter, diced (and cold!)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups pastry flour, sifted (see note)
  • 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in brandy
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1Soak raisins with brandy in a small bowl for 20-30 minutes.In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients until well mixed.
  • 2Add diced butter. Use a pastry blender (or two forks) to mix until a cornmeal-like texture is created.
  • 3Add buttermilk and brandy-soaked raisins; stir until completely absorbed. (Dough will be very sticky.)Turn dough onto a floured countertop and gently fold. (Do not overmix this dough. You may need a small amount of additional flour if the dough is too sticky to fold.)Form dough into a small, round ball and cut a deep cross in the top.
  • 4Place dough on a sheet pan and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.