Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread is actually more of a North American invention although its roots are Irish.  To start authentic Irish soda bread does not contain raisins or currants.  Still, this Irish Soda bread recipe is delicious and perfect to get you into the St. Patrick’s day spirit!  The crust of the bread is nicely crunchy while the inside is moist and flavourful.  It is also quick and easy to make and you are guaranteed to have all the ingredients on hand.  In under 60 minutes you will have warm and fresh Irish Soda Bread out of the oven ready to serve.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe, trust me! 

Irish Soda Bread is best eaten while still warm, fresh out of the oven.  It does dry quickly so you will want to eat it within two days.

Ingredients:

4 cups flour
4 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 Tbsp butter, cold
1 cup raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper – alternatively you can use a cast iron pan.Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
 
With two knives or a paddle attachment on a stand mixer, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is mixed in well then mix in raisins.
 

Irish Soda Bread Recipe 

Create a well in the mixture and pour in your egg and buttermilk.  Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid slowly with a wooden spoon until it is solid enough to kneed. 

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and kneed together to form a ball, careful not to over-kneed the dough.  The dough should remain somewhat shaggy looking.  If you are using a sheet pan the more circular the better as the bread will spread out a bit while baking.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Transfer the dough to your sheet pan and use a large knife to cut an X into the dough about 1 inch deep.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  If you are using a cast iron pan it will most likely take 55 minutes as it takes longer to heat up than a baking sheet.  The bread should sound hollow when tapped.

Remove to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp butter cold
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper - alternatively you can use a cast iron pan.
  3. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  4. With two knives or a paddle attachment on a stand mixer, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is mixed in well then mix in raisins.
  5. Create a well in the mixture and pour in your egg and buttermilk. Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid slowly with a wooden spoon until it is solid enough to kneed.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and kneed together to form a ball, careful not to over-kneed the dough. The dough should remain somewhat shaggy looking. If you are using a sheet pan the more circular the better as the bread will spread out a bit while baking.
  7. Transfer the dough to your sheet pan and use a large knife to cut an X into the dough about 1 inch deep.
  8. Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. If you are using a cast iron pan it will most likely take 55 minutes as it takes longer to heat up than a baking sheet. The bread should sound hollow when tapped.
  9. Remove to a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Enjoy!

46 thoughts on “Irish Soda Bread Recipe

  1. I’ve never actually made Irish Soda Bread but I have made a lot of different ones, I have heard lots of nice comments about it. From the ingredients it’s definitely one I’d like.

  2. I found it thanks to you!! Hubby keeps telling me about this and asks if I can make it. The Irish in him thanks me and you for this recipe.

  3. I am Irish and sadly I have never made this. I need to make it soon, it looks amazing and I love bread. Thank you for sharing!!!!!

  4. I have not heard of this bread before. The recipe looks pretty easy and the bread looks and sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing. Definitely a recipe I would like to try.

  5. This sounds like a good one. I might skip the raisins, but that’s just a personal preference. I like raisins, but not in bread, lol.

  6. I’ve never eaten, let alone made Irish soda bread. have always wanted to as I have read aboiut it in books. Might just have to give this a try!

  7. If my memory serves me rightly I’ve never eaten soda bread. I love the fact that this is ready so very quickly, I will definitely have to try this recipe 🙂

  8. I have never made soda bread before, but I can remember as a kid my dad making it. I think I’m gonna try this recipe! thanks for sharing!

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