Irish Soda Bread With Raisons
This is an easy bread to make, despite all the steps, which I’ve listed one-by-one. The hardest part is taking it out when it’s done – not too early, not too late. The next hardest part is letting it cool before eating it, when the kitchen is full of the aroma of bread and sugar! Hard to resist. Just get all your ingredients and all your baking tools together before you start and it will be an easy bread to make.


  • 2 cups golden or dark raisins
  • ¼ – ½ cup Irish whiskey
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 4-5 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 large farm fresh egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)
  • 2 tsp demerara sugar, or white sug