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My dear foodies, today I present to you a mouth-watering recipe that will transport your taste buds to the land of rolling green hills, friendly people, and traditional music. Yes, it’s Irish Soda Bread, but with an American twist – raisins and caraway seeds! Trust me when I say, you are in for a real treat.

Soda bread is a traditional Irish delicacy that dates back to the 1800s when yeast was not commonly available in rural Ireland. Instead, baking soda was used as a leavening agent; hence the name “soda bread.” This bread is known for its unique texture and tangy taste, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to any meal or snack.

But let’s take it up a notch with my American-style soda bread recipe. The raisins add a delicate sweetness while the caraway seeds pack a flavorful punch. You won’t be able to resist this lightly sweet loaf studded with raisins and scented with caraway.

To make this bread accessible to all of you, I have substituted cake flour for all-purpose flour. The end result is a tender crumb that melts in your mouth like butter. Also, using cream of tartar and baking soda is essential to get the classic crusty exterior that pairs so well with jam and butter.

Are you ready to bake some deliciousness? Gather your ingredients and prepare to be amazed.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed
American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed

My dear, let me tell you about a recipe that will make your taste buds dance with joy: the American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed Recipe. This bread is a true delight and it’s going to be love at first bite. Trust me, you won’t be able to get enough of it!

This soda bread recipe is a fusion of traditional Irish and modern American baking techniques that creates a soft, tender, and lightly sweet loaf that’s studded with raisins and caraway seeds. The combination of the sweetness of raisins and the slight bitterness of caraway seeds will tantalize your taste buds in a way that nothing else can.

One of the things I love about this recipe is how easy and fuss-free it is to make. Unlike yeast bread, there is no kneading or waiting for dough to rise involved. In fact, all you need to do is mix your ingredients together in a bowl, shape the dough into a round loaf, then bake it in the oven for about an hour. It’s so simple even beginners can make it without any trouble.

Another reason why you’ll fall in love with this recipe is its versatility. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – or even as a snack! Enjoy it warm with butter or jam for breakfast, use it to make sandwiches for lunch or pair it with soup for dinner. It pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes, making it perfect for any occasion.

Lastly, one thing that sets this soda bread apart from others is its unique flavor profile. The combination of raisins and caraway seeds creates an earthy and slightly sweet taste that will keep you coming back for more. It’s like nothing else you’ve ever tasted before!

So trust me when I say that this American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed Recipe will become a staple in your kitchen once you try it. It’s easy to make, versatile, and bursting with flavor. You won’t regret giving it a try!

Ingredient List

 A warm slice of heaven ready to be enjoyed
A warm slice of heaven ready to be enjoyed

Let’s Gather Our Ingredients!

Before we begin, let’s make sure we have all the necessary ingredients to create this American Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seed. This tasty bread requires a mix of both cake flour and all-purpose flour to achieve its unique texture, while the cream of tartar and baking soda combination replaces the traditional yeast for leavening.

The Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of cake flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of raisins

Ingredient Substitutions

If you’re lacking some ingredients, here are some substitutions that you can use:
– Instead of buttermilk, you can use regular milk mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice.
– If you don’t have cream of tartar in your pantry, use baking powder.
– No cake flour? Simply mix together 2 cups plus two tablespoons of all-purpose flour with two tablespoons of cornstarch.

With these substitutions, you’ll still end up producing a deliciously golden crust with a dense crumb studded with raisins.

The Recipe How-To

 A delicious blend of raisins and caraway seeds
A delicious blend of raisins and caraway seeds

Mixing the Ingredients

To start making this American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seed, preheat the oven to 375°F. Then, in a large bowl, whisk together 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of cake flour, 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, and ¼ cup of granulated sugar. After whisking them together nicely, add 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter (using your fingers to rub it into the dry ingredients) until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Next, create a well in the center of the flour mixture and add in a lightly beaten egg. Mix it for a bit before adding in 3 cups of buttermilk. Keep stirring until a shaggy dough forms BEFORE adding in the raisins caraway ingredients! When you’re ready, mix in 1 tablespoon of caraway seed and 1 ½ cups of plump raisins studded into the batter.

Kneading and Baking the Dough

Place the dough onto a floured work surface and knead lightly until it forms a “ball shape”. You should NEVER over-knead or overwork bread! Then transfer that ball shape onto a greased baking sheet or cast iron skillet. Slash an X about 1 inch deep on top using a sharp knife – this is meant to help the bread expand while cooking.

Bake bread for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown. Test by inserting a toothpick into its center if you’re uncertain the bread is done.

Serve & Store

Let cool completely on a wire rack or stone board before slicing them into pieces. This way will give you that perfectly thin-crusted look on top, which is what we, bakers, call “oven-spring”. Serve it while still warm with unsalted butter or homemade jam (perhaps my famous ginger-blackberry jam?). Trust me, this bread will get consumed in no time at all!

This Irish soda bread recipe is a true staple and for anyone seeking that traditional Irish roots, but with an American flair. You’re going to love the perfect subtlety of the caraway seeds and the sweetness from the golden raisins. It’s a lightly sweet loaf that can be made anytime of year! Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days or wrap it up using plastic wrap and aluminum foil before storing it in a freezer-safe bag. Enjoy this heavenly Irish-America soda bread anytime you feel like it.

Substitutions and Variations

 A hearty breakfast favorite with a twist
A hearty breakfast favorite with a twist

Oh my loves, there are endless ways to mix it up with this American-Style Irish Soda Bread recipe. Now, I tell you true, my heart belongs to the classic raisins and caraway seeds combo, but I won’t stand in the way of your culinary adventures.

Let’s talk substitutions first. If you ain’t got no buttermilk on hand (and really, who does?), you can easily replace it with regular milk mixed with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice. I also hear some people swap out the raisins for currants or even cranberries for a tart zing.

Now, if you’re feeling fancy and all that jazz, you can toss in some nuts like pecans or walnuts for a bit of crunch. Or sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar to make it feel like dessert bread. Yes ma’am, I know how to please a crowd.

And hey, why stop at just raisins and caraway? Get wild and crazy with it! Try stirring in chunks of cheddar cheese or crumbles of bleu cheese with chopped bacon pieces. Oh mercy me, the possibilities are endless!

Just remember my darling chefs, substitutions and variations can be exciting and alluring (like a charming stranger), but always respect the traditional form of this beloved Irish-American beauty.

Serving and Pairing

 A crunchy crust and a soft center, the perfect texture combo
A crunchy crust and a soft center, the perfect texture combo

As you bite into a warm slice of American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seeds, your taste buds will be transported to a cozy café in the heart of Dublin. This lightly sweetened loaf is studded with juicy plump raisins and aromatic caraway seeds that lend a nutty, anise-flavored kick to the bread. So, how should you serve this delightful bread?

I recommend slathering slices with salted butter or even some cream cheese for a luxuriously tangy finish to match the slightly sour flavor of the buttermilk in the bread dough. For a heartier and more savory option, try pairing soda bread slices with slices of smoked salmon, cream cheese or hummus spread, and some sliced cucumbers for crunch.

You could also enjoy it as a balanced breakfast treat by serving toast slices with some scrambled eggs and roasted tomatoes or as an accompaniment to a hearty beef stew or corned beef hash. The texture of this bread makes it perfect for dipping into soups and stews or even as a sponge to mop up sauces.

No matter how you choose to serve sliced American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seeds, it is bound to bring comfort at every bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of freshly baked bread fills the kitchen
The aroma of freshly baked bread fills the kitchen

Oh my darlings, don’t fret about day-old bread for this recipe can still make your heart sing. In fact, I’m telling you, it’s just as delightful to serve the next day. If that’s what you desire, go ahead and store it in an airtight container covered in plastic wrap at room temperature. Trust me, it will not disappoint.

If you want to make this a bit ahead of time for your charming guests, do not add the raisins until you’re ready to bake it. The caraway seeds will always hold up well with or without the raisins. Preheat your oven the day of and then follow the baking instructions accordingly.

Now if you happen to have leftovers (and that’s a big if), store it wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to two days. You’d be surprised how lovely and tender it still is after reheating it in the oven or toaster oven uncovered at 300°F for 10-15 minutes. You see, there’s no need to worry about stale bread with a recipe like this- keeps well and remains delectable!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Served with a dollop of butter, a match made in heaven
Served with a dollop of butter, a match made in heaven

Before you dive headfirst into this delicious recipe, let me share with you some tips to ensure that you achieve perfect results when making American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seeds.

Firstly, make sure to have all the required ingredients on hand before beginning the baking process. This will save you time and stress in case a crucial ingredient is missing. Double-check that you have both cake flour and all-purpose flour since they both play an essential role in the final product.

Secondly, when working with caraway seeds, it is best to toast or dry-roast them over medium heat for a couple of minutes to enhance their flavour profile. Make sure not to burn them, as this will result in an unpleasant taste.

Thirdly, once you’ve added the buttermilk-egg mixture to the flour mixture, stir everything together with a fork until the dough begins to come together. Overmixing can lead to a dense and tough loaf, so avoid using a mixer and try not to handle the dough too much.

Fourthly, be mindful of using proper measuring techniques when adding baking soda or cream of tartar. It’s important to follow the instructions as closely as possible since these two ingredients are essential in creating an airy texture in your bread.

Fifthly, it’s recommended to use a cast iron skillet for baking soda bread recipes. The skillet helps distribute heat evenly throughout the dough and creates an unbeatable crusty exterior.

Finally, if your bread starts browning too quickly during baking, don’t hesitate to lower the oven temperature slightly or cover it with aluminum foil. This will prevent burning and allow the bread’s center to bake evenly.

By keeping these essential tips in mind while preparing your American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seeds recipe, you’re sure to achieve perfect results every time!


As the chef who specializes in British cuisine, I understand that cooking can come with a lot of questions. In this section, I will address some of the most commonly asked questions about American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seed recipe. So, let’s get started!

Does Irish soda bread contain caraway seeds?

When Americans refer to “Irish soda bread,” they usually mean a bread that is slightly sweet and made with butter, eggs, and raisins, with a sprinkling of caraway seeds. The bread gets its name from the use of baking soda (also known as “bread soda” in Ireland) to rise the dough rather than yeast or kneading.

What does caraway seeds do in bread?

Adding caraway to your next loaf of bread or cake will provide a delightful aroma and flavor. This versatile seed is often used in savory dishes as a condiment and to enhance the overall taste. Additionally, caraway is a common ingredient in biscuits and cheeses, providing a unique and enjoyable taste. Using just 1/2 a teaspoon of caraway will add a beautiful flavor to your bread recipe.

What is the key ingredient in Irish soda bread that makes it different from other breads?

Soda bread gets its distinct texture from the chemical reaction that occurs when sour milk and baking soda are combined, resulting in tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide in the dough. Moreover, the shape of this bread carries strong cultural significance.

Is there a difference between soda bread and Irish soda bread?

When making Irish soda bread, it’s important to leave out certain ingredients if you want to stay true to the traditional recipe. Specifically, Irish-American versions often include caraway seeds and raisins, while true Irish soda bread does not.

Bottom Line

this recipe article, and I must say that American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seed Recipe is one of the most versatile bread recipes that I have ever come across. This bread is so easy to make and yields a fluffy, slightly sweet loaf studded with raisins and caraway seeds.

Not only does this bread make a perfect accompaniment to your favorite meal, but it is also delightful on its own. And the best part? You don’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients to make it.

I highly recommend trying this recipe at home. The combination of raisins, caraway seeds, and buttermilk gives the bread a distinctive flavor that will leave you craving for more. Plus, the addition of an egg makes the bread more tender and moist.

So go ahead and give this American-Style Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Caraway Seed Recipe a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking for a way to use up leftover buttermilk or simply want to try something new, this bread is sure to become one of your favorites. Enjoy!

American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed

American-Style Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway Seed Recipe

America's Test Kitchen
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Healthy, Oven, Quick Breads
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Calories 520.5kcal


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (plus extra melted, for brushing)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed


  • Position oven rack to the upper-middle position; preheat oven to 400°.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Work the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Combine the buttermilk and egg with a fork.
  • Add the buttermilk-egg mixture, raisins, and caraway seeds to the flour mixture; stir with a fork just until the dough begins to come together.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead just until the dough becomes cohesive and bumpy; about 30 seconds (do not knead until smooth).
  • Pat the dough into a 6-inch round about 2 inches thick, and lay on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cut a large 1/2-inch deep X into the top of the loaf using a serrated knife; brush top with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
  • Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 40-45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.


Serving: 191g | Calories: 520.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 96.5g | Protein: 12.1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 53.4mg | Sodium: 967.5mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 25.4g

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