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Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Look no further. The best Irish soda bread recipe is yours for the taking! Make sure to break out the fresh Irish butter!

Updated March 06, 2018
Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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With only 5 ingredients needed, this Irish soda bread recipe is very easy to make. It turns out extremely moist, subtlely sweet, and tastes amazing fresh out of the oven with a little spread of butter. 

Whether you're Irish or not, this recipe may just find its way into your kitchen as a traditional staple. While traditionally, Irish soda bread omits raisins or currants, we made ours with raisins for a little added sweetness. Because of that, this bread is easy to eat as a light snack on the go or even a dessert with a nice cup of coffee or tea.

We recommend serving yours with Irish butter for the full experience, however, jam is also a nice alternative if you'd like to sweeten it up even more. Even this dish anytime of year, especially to mark our favorite Irish holiday - St. Paddy's!

Yields1 loaf

Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time - Text35-45 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk plus ¼ cup additional if needed
  • 1 cup raisins or currants


  1. Heat oven to 450. Line a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt 

  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and gently pour in the buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon start to mix the ingredients to combine. Using floured hands gently continue to mix until the dough comes together Add the additional buttermilk if needed to hold the dough together, the dough should be soft. Mix in the raisins.

  4. Gather the dough onto a floured work surface and gently knead the dough a few times. Shape into a 6 inch ball about 2 inches tall. 

  5. Place on the baking sheet. Using a very sharp knife cut an X on the top of the dough ball but not too deep.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temp to 400 and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the crust is golden. The internal temperature should register 180 degrees.

  7. Let the bread cool slightly before cutting. Serve with butter and jam.

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This bread was delicious. It actually reminds me of the homemade Amish bread my mom makes, except with a thicker crust to the outside.

This was actually really good! It wasn't too dense or sweet, nor was it too crumbly or dry. I tried it with some chutney and butter and it was so good!

The perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day! This bread was the perfect balance of not-too-dense and not-too-sweet, so it's an ideal base for your favorite spreadable topping.

This was really yummy! I enjoyed the mild flavor and hearty texture of this bread.

Mmm, this was so good! I had some with apricot jam and it was so good!

I loved trying out this dish. It was dense without being too heavy or dry and went great with apricot jam!

Every attempt at baking bread has always been a big fail for me. None of my attempts have ever produced an edible creation. With only four ingredients, I must give this a whirl. Thank you for the background history information on this recipe. I will let you know how it turned out.

I agree that this is one of the easiest Irish soda bread recipes I have ever seen! Typically, there are a few more ingredients and the dough is a workout- very tough and sticky to form into a nice shape! This is a great base recipe and then feel free to get creative with the toppings! Since there is no sugar in the recipe, you may want to sweeten the bread a little. Raisins and caraway seeds are pretty classic. Some modern twists include using craisins, soaking the raisins in alcohol before adding them, and adding in chopped nuts.

I love eating Irish Soda Bread, but I've never tried making it myself. Today would be the perfect day to try it out!!

This is a great quick bread to make if you are new to baking, since it is so easy to put together, and it makes awesome toast for with your eggs at breakfast. I can't stress enough how you really need to use fresh baking soda for this one. If you don't bake often, and you've had a box in your pantry for a long time, use it to deodorize your fridge and buy a new box for this. Not only do other smells get into it, but the bread won't rise right if it is old.

I have made Irish Soda Bread but it has been years and I don't remember it being this easy. Seems that with this combination it is a no fail proposition. Also, love the bit of history presented to make the recipe have even more meaning. Thanks for sharing.

I'm Irish and I just love soda bread. This recipe looks great. I've seen my mother make soda bread dozens of times and it really does look super easy. I love the little bit of history that you've included. It's always interesting to read about the heritage of our national dishes.

I always thought Irish soda bread had raisins. That would be why I have never tried it. I don't really like raisins baked in things. This recipe is super simple and I always do have the stuff on hand. I will have to try this soon.


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