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Irish Morning Bread Recipe

Updated on February 29, 2020

This sweet, delicious bread was one of the rare treats my mother cooked specially for my brother and me. She took the original recipe from a cookbook, but has modified it over the years. Recently I was gifted with the recipe as a housewarming present (even though it's been a year since I moved into my house.)

Please enjoy, and if you try the recipe, leave me a comment below and tell me how you liked it!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 15-18 pieces, depending on cut


Raisin mix

  • 1 ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup orange juice (use the juice from real oranges if possible)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Dry Mix

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup sugar

Wet Mix

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 medium egg (beaten)
  • 2 egg whites


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine the Dry Mix. You can do this while you're measuring out the proper proportions.

Then, mix the Wet Mix together in a separate bowl. Mix well.

In a small saucepan, combine the raisin mix and heat on the lowest heat setting your stovetop has until the raisins are plump. Once the raisins are nice and juicy, combine the raisin mixture (every last drop!) into the dry mix and stir it all up.

Now, pour into the dry mix the contents of the other bowl, the wet mix.


Now it's time to cook the bread. Butter up a 13 inch by 19 inch pan, and pour in the batter. Melt a stick of butter and drizzle it over the top of the batter.

Cook for one hour; the bread should be golden brown.

Additional Notes

This bread is AMAZING when it is warm, but it can be served cool. Once it's cool enough to handle with your hands, cover the top of the pan with plastic wrap to keep the bread from drying out.

This bread is safe to eat for three days, but I know from experience that if you make this, and more than one person is around, it won't last three days. :D

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