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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This traditional Irish soda bread can be made with an assortment of mix-ins such as dried fruit and nuts, but I like it with a handful of raisins. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs, divided use
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and buttermilk. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Shape into a round loaf.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow "X" on the top of loaf. Beat remaining egg; brush over loaf. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 3. Remove from pan to a wire rack; serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 210 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

Reviews for Irish Soda Bread

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 264305
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

"Hi Robert,

The pan in question is the sheet pan you baked the free form loaf of bread on.
Hope that helps!
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

Robert User ID: 9119081 263895
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"There is one very important element missing from the recipe, the 9 inch, round, spring pan. We are instructed in this recipe to place the kneaded loaf on to a baking sheet. When the bread is finished baking in the oven, we are then instructed to remove the bread from the pan and place it on wire rack. So, it seems to me the necessary step of putting the kneaded loaf into a greased pan before placing in the heated oven must be included in this recipe."

I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 246690
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"This is a perfect soda bread recipe. It is not supposed to have a kick, it is meant to be served and eaten with an Irish Stew for instance (with or without raisins) or served at tea time with some clotted cream. It is great with many foods. : )"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 246129
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"It's okay, not great. I'd avoid the egg on the top and brush it with butter instead."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 245735
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"I made this for St. Patrick's Day ! Super easy and very tasty ! It is perfect toasted as well . The raisins & the brown sugar at a good amount of sweetness ."

mygunner User ID: 8455047 245642
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"use 3 tblsp b sugar, 1 tblsp caraway seeds, 1 cup raisins"

bearlibby User ID: 8702738 245529
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016 Edited Mar. 19, 2016

"It was great but I did some changes. I used 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of butter. I mixed 1 tablespoon of orange zest in the buttermilk/egg mixture. I used 1 cup of currants hydrated first with boiling water over them for 5 minutes than drained. I baked for 30 minutes then put foil over the top the last 5 minutes of baking. Also, after brushing with egg wash before baking I sprinkled a little turbinado on top before baking.

Becky Weyer in Bend, Oregon"

jackie.baker User ID: 3555282 223280
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Very good Irish soda bread and easy to make. Will definitely make again."

mrenda User ID: 5393618 2435
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"This was a really tasty bread! My husband and I enjoyed it. Made just as the recipe said to and it turned out perfect. I will be adding this to our St Patrick's day menu."

caree929 User ID: 3830950 2432
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"This is wonderfully easy and very yummy! I'm not a fan of caraway seeds so I always make this bread for St. Patrick's Day. I also don't like raisins in my bread and I've found that this tastes just perfect without them if there are others who want to go that route!"

cr_1295 User ID: 5888497 2048
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"Very good; I used chocolate chips instead raisin and also made my own buttermilk with milk and lemon juice, and it was so good!!"

offthwall User ID: 7181258 3903
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"Just made this for the first time and it definitely will not be the last.. I will never buy Irish Soda bread again... It was wonderful!!!"

brknhrt User ID: 1176531 2913
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"Terrible! The oven temp is too high so that at the end of the stated baking time the outside is lovely golden but the inside is still runny. Very dry and bland with a grainy texture. The picture shows about 3 times the raisins that the recipe calls for."

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 3902
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"Very disappointing. I made it exactly as directed, but it came out burnt all around the outside and totally doughy in the center. My oven is fine for everything else, so I don't think that was the problem. The bread also oozed butter all over the pan while it baked. I would never make this again."

Nifer80 User ID: 5002757 2858
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Our bread came out looking perfect but gooey on the inside, I had to put it in for an additional 10 minutes after slicing it for it to be done. When it came out, it was kind of a cross between a scone and heavy biscotti in texture. After reading about soda bread, we probably kneaded it too much ( I helped my 6 year old make this and she insisted on kneading). It was an interesting experience but I think maybe next time we'll try the easy Soda bread recipe."

swedee83 User ID: 6291909 2844
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Very bland in my opinion. Could have used a little more sugar or some spices to help give it a kick. I also substituted the raisins for chocolate chips which ended up being the best part."

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 2841
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Wonderful and easy. I added 2/3 cup raisins and 1/3 cup dried cranberries. It was yummy."

moxiewoman User ID: 6410615 3369
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"Both my guest and I loved this bread. I ended up substituting white sugar for brown (all I had on hand), and put in 2/3 cup of raisins and 1/3 cup dried cranberries. It was great with my corned beef and cabbage dinner!h"

WIBaker User ID: 3842363 2047
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Don't let the picture mislead you, though ... it shows probably 2 c. of raisins, not the 1/3 c. called for in the recipe!"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 2840
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"this was one of several loaves i made for st patrick's day and it was one of the best. the egg wash really gives it a nice sheen and makes it look professional."

StaceyAR User ID: 4547801 1032
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Very easy and Delicious!"

bethanyrenee User ID: 4586006 2678
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"easy and Delicious. My favorite combo."

sharonanne2 User ID: 1348481 3901
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"How silly of me! Of course, it's not a yeast bread. Please ignore my previous question. Lovely loaf!"

sharonanne2 User ID: 1348481 1344
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"REALLY, you only have to knead this one minute?

How coarse is the crumb texture?
Did others only knead it that quick?
Thanks in advance."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 3368
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"With the day off from school, my 15 year old daughter wanted to make dinner ALL BY HERSELF! She searched through tons of recipes and came up with a chicken/Potato soup, this Irish Soda bread, and a chocolate Chip cookie made in a iron skillet with warm caramel sauce. It was all yummy! She was so proud because her big brother had a second helping! I can't wait for her next day off!"

mugscie User ID: 2057794 2431
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"This bread was so simple yet delicious. I made it for St Patty's day and it was a big hit. Left over bread was great the next morning with tea. I changed to 1/2 C raisins . Next time I will add a whole cup."

patrampage User ID: 3554446 1031
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"So simple, quick and yummy! Made 3 loaves for friends and 1 for myself. Definitely a keeper."

countess cookie User ID: 4170037 3740
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Made a beautiful high loaf. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Great warmed up the next morning for breakfast."

kayesandra User ID: 2865031 198960
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"I made this for St. Patrick's Day dinner. It was very easy to make & turned out well. However, this is just not our "cup of tea" so to speak. Maybe our problem is that we're not Irish."

joeychick User ID: 4388747 3679
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"This bread was so delicious, and ridiculously easy to make. Based on the comments, I figured it wouldn't have enough raisins, so I used 1/2 c. raisins and 1/2 cranberries. Oh, and I forgot about it in the oven, so it was probably in there for more than 40 minutes, but the crust was gorgeous, and the inside was just slightly undone, so it worked out well."

JudithRN3 User ID: 1949591 2839
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"Delicious recipe! However, do not make this recipe BEFORE you are going to serve it--I did, and because it was soo good, it was devoured-and so I am going to have to make it again for tonite's dinner! In place of buttemilk, i used "the cultured Buttermilk Blend" (found in grocery stores) and 1 cup of raisins intead of 1/3 cup, and also added 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds."

kay52178 User ID: 1593546 1029
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"This was the first time we had soda bread and enjoyed it. I left out the raisins because we had it with dinner but next time will definetely try it with."

patts52ok User ID: 3741310 1025
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"Best soda bread I've made in years. I added more raisins, but other than that, it was delicious."

GreenMonster User ID: 3447194 2677
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"It was easy and it tasted just like it should!"

AMDevaney User ID: 4945172 198959
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"Excellent soda bread! My Irish husband (who's usually not a huge fan of soda bread) loves it...says it's better than some of bread you get at home. I didn't have buttermilk, so substituted milk + vinegar, which worked out fine. And doubled the amount of raisins. This recipe will become a staple in our house, I predict."

queenpenguin User ID: 3945629 4401
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

"Great bread. Not nearly as many raisins as the picture though. I may add more next time."

mrruch User ID: 1157832 2813
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"My family loves this soda bread I've been making it for years. The only thing I change is dried cranberry's instead of raisins as my children won't eat the raisins but they like the cranberry's"

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