Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread: At Home on the Bay

Irish Soda Bread

I grew up on Irish Soda Bread during the holidays.  My mother’s parents and some of their siblings emigrated from Ireland to the United States when they were young adults. My mother’s Aunt Molly was a wonderful cook and would make Irish Soda Bread at the holidays and for family gatherings. My favorite way to eat it is toasted with butter. Yum. I usually make a loaf around St. Patrick’s Day to get my yearly dose. There are so many different recipes for Irish Soda Bread. This recipe has a hint of sweetness, some raisins, but no caraway seeds and is similar in texture to a scone.

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Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk


1.Preheat oven to 350* F. Grease a 1 1/2 quart round casserole dish.
2.Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda together in a large mixing bowl.
3.Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
4.Add raisins and mix.
5.In a separate mixing bowl combine eggs and buttermilk. Remove 1 tablespoon of mixture and reserve.
6.Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Do not over stir. Dough will be sticky.
7.Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead lightly for 10 seconds. Shape dough into a ball and place in greased casserole dish. Brush dough with reserved egg mixture.
8.Bake at 350* F. for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in casserole dish for 10 minutes. Remove and serve warm or toasted with butter.
Irish Soda Bread: At Home on the Bay

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  1. says

    What a nice tradition to make this bread to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day! And your photos of the bread are nice enough to grace the pages of a cookbook!

  2. says

    That looks beautiful Mary! We had the privilege of staying at a most wonderful B & B in Ireland that made fresh soda bread each morning. They kindly shared the recipe and I’ve been making it ever since – love soda bread and yours looks wonderful.

  3. says

    I had never had Irish Soda Bread until a year or so ago and a friend fixed us a nice St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I am so glad that you shared your recipe as I remember how good it was. Love the Irish Blessing too.

  4. says

    A few months ago some friends were over and we made Beer bread. I thought it was similar to Irish Soda bread but it really tasted like beer! I took it to an event at my daughters school (without realizing how much it really tasted like beer) and the parents really raised their eyebrows at me! Whoops!!
    I think I’ll try your recipe next time :-)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ashley Rane Sparks

  5. says

    Hi Mary! I have to confess I’m not much of an Irish Soda Bread fan (I like my breads really moist) but I saw your thumbnail at Jennifer Rizzo’s link party and wanted to see more of the photos. Love the way you styled this and love your blog!

  6. says

    this looks so good and hearty! love your photos. and in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m featuring this post on Be Inspired tomorrow, thanks so much for sharing it with us!!