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Irish Soda Bread

Cesars Irish Soda Bread Recipe

As featured in Holiday 2023 issue of The Applegatarian.


"This recipe came from my mother in-law Janet Girasoli. She only makes it for people she likes, so I felt very lucky when she made it for me 27 years ago when I was first dating my wife. I love it as a 'come home treat,' paired with some good Irish butter. It's best eaten within three days, but I doubt it will last that long!" - Cesar Meno, Applegate Senior Financial Analyst 


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Makes 1 Loaf | Total Time: More Than 60 Mins


  • 3 cups all -purpose flour 
  • 2/3 cup sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt 
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus more melted butter for brushing 
  • 1 cup raisins 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream 


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly butter a 10-inch round baking pan or cast- iron skillet. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and mix until flour looks like coarse meal. Stir in the raisins. 
  3. In a separate bowl, mix eggs and buttermilk together then add to the flour mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, then turn out onto a floured work surface. Knead about 8 times, give or take. For m into a round and place in the baking pan. Use a sharp knife to cut a shallow cross into the top of the dough . Brush a little melted butter on top. 
  4. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° and bake for an additional 45 minutes. To test if bread is done, use a knife or toothpick -if it is dry and clean, the bread is done. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 20 minutes before serving.