Irish Soda Bread

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Have you ever made Irish Soda Bread?  I could eat it all day long.  Right out of the oven slathered in butter.  A few hours later toasted with jam.  At midnight, as is.  I love the stuff.

If you’ve never made soda bread, this recipe is a good place to start.  Just be forewarned that it won’t last long.  Buttery goodness rarely does.

While you’re making a mess in the kitchen, go ahead and double the recipe.  You won’t be sorry.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread


  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins (opt)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Stir in raisins and enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. (1)
  3. Turn onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. (2)
  4. Shape into a round loaf, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. (3)
  5. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Cut an X about 1/4 through loaf with floured knife.
  7. Bake at 375°, until golden brown, 35-45 minutes.


For Newer Bakers

1) Add buttermilk slowly, so you don't make flour mixture sloppy wet, which means you'd have to add more flour to work with it, which means the texture of the soda bread would be too heavy when fully baked.

2) Using a silicone mat helps make kneading easier and clean up a breeze.

3) I typically shape my loaf on the pan. One less step.

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

Obviously, you can see I make mine with raisins.  OMT likes her shriveled-up pre-wine receptacles grapes!  If you don’t, simply omit.  I’ve made this bread both ways and it never fails to get eaten.  It’s perfect on a cold morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea (if that’s your thang–I think you know me well enough by now to know it’s not mine).

Do you have to be Irish to love you some Irish Soda Bread?  No.

Will it make you talk like a leprechaun?  Yes.

Do you have to wait until St. Paddy’s Day to enjoy?  No.

Do you have to kiss someone Irish before you partake?  Why not!

I love a recipe that incites multi-cultural fun, don’t you?

Happy Baking, Y’all!


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  1. I made soda bread for the first time last year! It was good and not too hard to make. I think I’ll be making some more now!

  2. This looks delicious! I may have to try making it! 🙂


  3. Send me some please! I LOVE this bread toasted, so the edges get extra crispy and then topped with a nice slab of butter…SO GOOD! Making me hungry!

  4. Interesting I have never heard of this before

  5. If you run out of Irishmen to kiss, I’m available. Just be sure you bring some of the bread. 🙂

    • Ha! Well, I think I’ve got the Irishmen covered, but good to know! And you don’t need me to bring the bread, you can totally make it. So easy. Come on, Bob…bake that bread!

  6. I love Irish Soda bread and yours looks perfect! 🙂 Saying hello from Create it Thursday!

  7. I’ve always wanted to try making this, and you make it sound so easy I think this year I finally will!


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