Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

How to make irresistible Irish soda bread

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with this classic recipe for Irish soda bread.

Irish Soda Bread

History of Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a hearty quick bread that tastes delicious with traditional Irish favorites like shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, potato soup or Irish stew. A simple bread to make, it became popular during the mid-nineteenth century when baking soda was first introduced to Ireland. The combination of baking soda and buttermilk creates a chemical reaction that causes the bread to rise and gives it a delicious flavor.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe


  • 4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup raisins or currants


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a greased cast iron skillet in the oven to heat while you prepare the dough.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add buttermilk and mix well.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and the raisins.
  5. Mix with a wooden spoon until too stiff to stir. Turn the dough onto the countertop and gently knead with your hands to form a round loaf. Be careful not to over-knead the dough as this will create a tough loaf.
  6. Score the loaf with a knife making a "X" on top.
  7. Carefully remove the heated cast iron skillet from the oven with an oven mitt and transfer the dough into the pan.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Serve warm.

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