Irish Bread Recipe

Mary Naughton’s Irish Bread Recipe

This is a recipe that Bill’s grandmother, Mary Ann Naughton brought from Ireland when she emigrated to Boston, from County Roscommon in Ireland, in the early twentieth century. She worked as a ladies maid until she met and married John Connery who was from Waterford, Ireland. The recipe was handed down to me, and then to our daughters. We make it for holidays and special occasions.


  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 1/2 Cups flour
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1 Cup raisins
  • 1 Tbs caraway seeds
  • 1 Cup currants
  • 1 1/2 Cups milk

Irish Bread Recipe Directions

Cream together butter and sugar, add egg, and beat well. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture. Add in remaining ingredients. Place in a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes.

The bread is ready when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

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