The 100% Irish family I married into approves of this recipe! Adapted from Mary Burke’s Irish Soda Bread recipe published in the Boston Globe Taste section 2006)

Yield: 2 large loaves


8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter @ room temperature

3 cups flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup sugar + little more for sprinkling

4 teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoons baking soda

pinch of salt

1 egg

1 ½ cups plain yogurt

¼ cup water

1 cup raisins / currants


Set oven to 350

Butter/ spray two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans

In large mixer/ bowl: cream butter, add flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Mix well.

Other bowl: stir together water, yogurt and egg.

Mix the wet and dry mixtures together well, stir in raisins.

Transfer to pans, dividing evenly, sprinkle tops with a little sugar.

Bake 40 min or until tops are golden, etc.


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