Irish Soda Bread Recipe

irish soda bread recipe


It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without Irish Soda Bread. This delicious Irish Soda Bread recipe has been passed down in my family from the Irish immigrants 3 generations ago and I look forward to it every year! So enjoy some authentic Irish Soda Bread.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Bake at 375 For about 35-40 minutes – or – until it looks done.


  • 4 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tps. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt (about 1 tps.)
  • Stick of butter
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk – or add a drop of vinegar to regular milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of raisins


Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.

Cut the half butter into the mix using a knife and a fork until coarse.

Mix milk and egg together in a cup and add to flour mix

Stir until all the mix is wet – do not over mix

Add to greased pan in drops from fork Use 2 round pans or 2 bread pans or one 8 x 10 … whichever pan you have

Drop pieces of butter – cut into small pieces onto the top of bread

Serve with room temperature butter!

For a sweeter more dessert bread twist substitute dried cranberries for the raisins and add brown sugar to the top.


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  1. Does Guinness count as an Irish dish? Guinness is the only beer I love. If that doesn’t count, I will say corned beef and cabbage. 😉

  2. I don’t know anything about Irish food really, but Irish Lamb Stew sounds delicious! I would love to give that a try.

  3. Hmm. I’m going to go with this soda bread. I had it for the first time 2 months ago at a party and it was a blast (and delish).

  4. I don’t know that I’ve had any Irish dishes other than Shepard’s Pie. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  5. I am half Irish, My dad was full and I don’t actually remember ANY Irish food at our house on the farm…it was meat and potatoes and desserts. Not sure if this would be considered Traditional Irish fare, But I’d love to make Baileys Marble Cheesecake, it has Irish coffee in it too and I love the meld of vanilla, coffee and cocoa!


  6. I would like to try lamb; not sure if that’s traditionally Irish, but it’s something along those lines that I’ve never had.

  7. Corned beef is my fave!

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  8. I’m not a fan of tradtional irish recipes, but my favorite green thing is my daily green smoothies (basil, lettuce, avocado, golden beets, & whey), so hopefully that’s good enough to count 🙂

  9. I was at the really expensive grocery store in our area yesterday. (Bought three items.) They had some Irish soda bread for sale there for $7.99 for a loaf. I couldn’t justify that price so I was delighted to see this recipe. This makes my green Irish eyes smile.

  10. I love these Rueben egg rolls from a Irish restaurant in Pensacola! It was my favorite restaurant called McGuire’s Irish pub. When we were based there we would eat there all the time. I miss it! Now I need to find a new Irish pub out here in California. Irish food is my fav tho!

  11. I’ve never tried Irish food to be honest… and I don’t like boiled dinners or corned beef and cabbage… so I would have to say the Soda bread would be something I do want to try because it looks really good

  12. I don’t have a favorite dish or recipe. I would like to try the Soda bread and I do like Corned Beef but only in small doses.

  13. I don’t have one but your bread looks delicious – I love any kind of bread with raisens in it
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  14. well, I hate to go along with everyone else but corned beef and cabbage is definitely mine. Throw in some carrots and I love it

  15. I had never heard of Irish Soda Bread until a few years back when I was in line at Panera around St Paddy’s day and they had samples out. I ended up loving it but haven’t even thought of it since! What a great reminder and there is nothing better than a tried and true recipe. I might just have to give this a whirl! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I don’t know what is Irish food…so I would love to try anything, but I think first the Irish Soda Bread sounds easy and delicious enough that I want to try that first!

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  18. I have been looking for an Irish Soda Bread recipe and this is going to be the one that I use! Thanks for sharing it really does look delicious!

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