Patty Clifford's Irish Bread

This our family's Irish Bread recipe. It is not the soda bread that is usually served at St. Patrick's Day affairs. (We're snobby and say we don't like soda bread!)

May the blessings of the old and new traditions be yours, whenever you enjoy this bread!

Yield: 1 large oval or rounded bread

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Patty Clifford's Irish Bread Recipe

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
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Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350-375 degrees. Grease the pan and dust with flour.

Beat all wet ingredients together.

Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Bake for 35 minutes, until golden brown. Take out of the oven and let stand for 20 minutes. Cover with a cloth towel to "set" the crust. Place on a rack or board, cut and serve.

Yield: 1 large oval or rounded bread
Helpful Hints

This recipe can be doubled if you wish.

You can bake this bread in a wrought iron frying pan or a metal roasting pan.

Serve with real butter.


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janet m

To Whom It May Concern:
I have been baking "Patty Clifford's Irish Bread for my husband for many years now and have had nothing but the best of comments ffrom our family, and from my Irish friends who help us celebrate St. Patty's Dinner! In fact, my husband says, "It's the best!" It's ironic, as it seems as though it's the same recipe that his grandmother from Ireland and his Mom use to make, so it brings back many wonderful memories of when he was a young boy at home! "Patty Clifford's Irish Bread is a must in every kitchen.

Kathleen M

This bread is so delicious and moist! This gives me something to look forward to on St. Patrick's Day! It is so tasty and not at all like those dry, bland soda breads that nobody really wants to eat, but are served because of tradition. I will be serving this every St. Patrick's Day and even on other days, that's how good it is!

Debbie L

Lucky me, I grew up having Pat Clifford's Irish see Pat is my aunt! You may think I'm biased, but I'm not. I have had many an Irish bread and soda bread, and absolutely nothing compares to my Auntie Pat's Irish bread!! It's the best I've ever had. She has generously passed on her recipe so we can all share in keeping the tradition alive in making her bread. I'm passing on the recipe to my three girls so they can make it when they have families some day. Thank you Auntie Pat!!! Love you!


p.s. she makes a some mean sauce and meatballs too!