Apple Irish Soda Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Irish Soda Bread 3

I don’t know why it takes March coming around again to remind me that an Irish soda bread is a good and simple thing to make, as versatile as a scone (which essentially it is), and the perfect, craggly-edged sort of thing to mix together and serve with soup or stew or chili, or in wedges slathered with butter and jam on weekend mornings. I am an enormous fan of raisin toast in all its forms, and of chewy oats, particularly when you get the satisfaction of kneading them into a loaf. For some reason, I forget all this for approximately 11 1/2 months of the year.

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Irish Soda Bread 1

This is one of the recipes from Out of the Orchard, which came out a little under a year ago; apples (or pears) add nuggets of sweetness, and just about anything with apples and cinnamon in it is worth baking just for the way it will make your house smell. I like to time my baking so that people wake up to it or come home to it, because there’s not much more comforting than walking in the front door to the smell of something baking, and I hope that W remembers coming home from school to good smells, or having them waft around on Sunday mornings.

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Irish Soda Bread 2

Apple Irish Soda Bread


March 17, 2017


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

1/2-1 cup raisins

1 1/2 cups buttermilk, or plain yogurt thinned with milk

1 large egg

1 large apple, coarsely grated (don’t bother peeling it)


1Preheat the oven to 375?F.

2In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and blend with a fork or your fingers until crumbly. Add the raisins and toss to combine.

3In a mixing bowl or measuring cup, stir together the buttermilk and egg with a fork, and add all at once to the dry ingredients, along with the grated apple. Stir just until combined, then scrape onto a buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet and with dampened hands, shape into a rough domed circle.

4Cut an X into the top and bake for an hour, or until golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool slightly before cutting into wedges. Serves 12-16.


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6 comments on “Apple Irish Soda Bread

  1. Barb
    March 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

    It’s in the oven right now!

  2. Heather
    March 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Looks delicious!

  3. Lori
    March 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Really, REALLY delish! Made with Silk Road Chai spice baking blend in place of cinnamon. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow am in the toaster,

  4. Claudette
    August 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I made it today. I substituted cranberries for raisins, as my family is not too fond of cooked raisins.
    It was quick and easy. We loved it. It’s a keeper.

    • Julie
      August 22, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      So glad to hear it!

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