McNamara's Irish Soda Bread

"A recipe handed down by my grandmother Anna Marie McNamara (nee Player). This is a great recipe for a light tea dessert bread. Delicious with light butter hot out of the oven. You can use any type of milk. I usually make this bread when my milk is about to go sour. I like to use raw crystallized sugar in place of the white granulated sugar. My father likes to use buttermilk."
McNamara's Irish Soda Bread McNamara's Irish Soda Bread
McNamara's Irish Soda Bread McNamara's Irish Soda Bread
  • Serves
  • Prep
    15 m
  • Cook
    45 m
  • Ready In
    1 h 10 m
  • Difficulty
  • Nutritions

Method for McNamara's Irish Soda Bread

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • 2
    Grease an 8 1/2x4 1/2-inch loaf pan.
  • 3
    Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, 9 tablespoons sugar, and salt in the mixing bowl of a large stand mixer on low speed until combined.
  • 4
    Mix in butter until thoroughly combined.
  • 5
    Beat in milk, then eggs, then raisins, incorporating each ingredient well before adding the next.
  • 6
    Transfer dough to the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • 7
    Bake in the preheated oven until bread has risen and the top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. A toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.
  • 8
    Cool for about 10 minutes before slicing. Best served warm.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 9 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
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