324. Family Recipes: Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread

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I’ve always wanted to make homemade Irish Soda Bread and finally found a recipe I’m going to try thanks to a reader taking part in our Family Recipes contest here at 365Barrington.com.  This is not just any ordinary Irish Soda Bread.  Oh no.  This is Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread and it’s a holiday favorite in her family.  Photographer Sally Roeckell plated the bread along with a side of butter and honey (Christine’s recommended accompaniments) and I now have a major craving for an Irish Soda Bread breakfast.

Christine Stofan's Irish Soda Bread - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread – Photographed by Sally Roeckell of TableandDish.com

We’ve been collecting recipes for our contest since September and will be revealing them here, one by one, in the coming weeks.  Heinen’s grocery store in Barrington has given us seven generous gift cards to give away to seven winners in our contest which is still open for submissions.  To enter, all you have to do is CLICK HERE or enter your favorite recipe for our collection using the form below.

We asked Christine to tell us where she learned to make her Irish Soda Bread and what she loves about it and here’s what she had to say:

“This recipe comes from a traditional Irish family who has made this bread for many years for all occasions. It was St. Partrick’s day and I prepared our traditional family meal and realized I forgot to pick up the bread.”

Christine Stofan's Irish Soda Bread - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread – Photographed by Sally Roeckell of TableandDish.com

“I called my girlfriend who would always make her own bread and I would always say I wish I could bake like you. So here was my opportunity to try.  She gave me the recipe and here I went to work making the bread for our dinner.”

Christine Stofan's Irish Soda Bread - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread – Photographed by Sally Roeckell of TableandDish.com

“It came out delicious and from that day on I’ve been making this recipe of Irish Soda Bread for all our family occasions. My family has come to enjoy it at all of our parties and to have as a dessert or part of our meal.”


Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread


3 cups flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon melted butter + buttermilk to make 1/3/4 cups
2 beaten eggs
Raisins – no more then 2 cups


Mix dry ingredients and set aside, combine wet ingredients in measuring cup.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until almost moistened.

Add raisins and stir until just moist. Do Not Overstir.

Pour into greased pan and score top of dough w/knife.

Greased pan – 1 hour to 1:10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove immediately from pan

Done when toothpick comes out clean.


Thank you for sharing your recipe, Christine! We hope you’ll all give Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread recipe a try and let us know what you think.  We’re going to let our readers be the judges in this contest.

Christine Stofan's Irish Soda Bread - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Christine Stofan’s Irish Soda Bread – Photographed by Sally Roeckell of TableandDish.com

We’ll continue to reveal our recipes in the coming weeks, we’ll open it up to a vote right here at 365Barrington.com and we will announce our winners right before Christmas.

Here’s the Best Part….

The Heinen’s gift card prizes up for grabs include one $250 gift card, one $150 gift card, one $100 gift card and four $50 gift cards. Now that’ll come in handy as you’re shopping for this season’s holiday parties!

The more people who enter, the richer our collection will be and we’ll share all recipes here at 365Barrington.com for you to enjoy this season and beyond. Here’s where to enter:

Fill out my online form.


Sally Roeckell
Sally Roeckell

About the Photographer

When we started receiving our Barrington Family Recipes they sounded so delicious that I realized we had to have photographs for each dish and I immediately knew the perfect person to ask for help.

Take one look at Barrington photographer Sally Roeckell’s food and lifestyle blog at TableAndDish.com or visit her site’s Facebook page and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

From sliced vegetables to a scoop of ice cream to the most elaborate of dishes, Sally Roeckell’s gift for composing images elevates food to an art form with a stunning display highlighting simple ingredients, beautifully presented.

Photographed by Sally Roeckell of TableandDish.com
Photographed by Sally Roeckell of TableandDish.com

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