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An Irish Bread recipe with raisins. A family tradition of Irish cake for St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Bread

This recipe has been passed down in my family for 3 generations. My Babci was gifted it from an Irish friend. This Irish soda bread recipe with raisins is more of a cake like recipe. Not as dense as a traditional Irish bread it’s more like an Irish cake! A traditional Irish bread is made with buttermilk but this Irish bread is made with sour cream.

My mom makes Irish bread year round but she starts making it for family and friends around St. Patrick’s Day. I figured it was time to step in and starting making them too. Can you believe we are not Irish, even with my red hair? We just really love this recipe and tradition of making the best Irish soda bread recipe.

In my family we love baking breakfast cakes. Some of our favorites are cranberry orange bread and chocolate chip coffee cake.

Irish Bread cake pan

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We bake our Irish bread in a 9 inch cake pan. You can use one like this

This cake pan is part of our family tradition. It was my Babci cake pan and whenever anyone in my family goes to make this Irish bread we borrow the pan from my Mom. It’s seasoned to perfection and every dent and blemish tells the story of our family traditions over the years. It seems kind of crazy that a cake pan could mean so much but it does. 

Irish Bread Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Sour Cream
  • Milk
  • Raisins

How to make Irish bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cake pan.

Combine dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Mix in egg, sour cream and milk with dry ingredients. 

Fold raisins into the batter. Pour batter into the a round cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. 

Let cool and enjoy!

Irish Bread

Irish Bread

Best Irish soda bread recipe with raisins. A twist on a classic recipe that is more of a breakfast cake.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Pint of Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cake pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add egg, sour cream and milk.
  4. Add raisins and fold in at the end.
  5. Bake in a round cake pan at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Let cool and enjoy!

Irish Bread

We hope you enjoy this recipe and a little bit of our family traditions can be passed on to you and your family. Drop a comment below if you tried this recipe and let me know what you think. 

Irish Bread

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  1. I am definitely trying this out. Sounds delicious. My girls are not fan of food with raisins in them, but I may try the golden raisins so they don’t stand out too much (LOL). In any event, it will mean more for me then!! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!!