Irish Soda Bread

piece of Irish Soda BreadThis recipe makes a loaf that is light, moist, and a little sweet. It's perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.


Total Time: 1 hr 15 min

Yield: 2 loaves

Source: The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking-by Brother Rick Curry



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease and flour two 9x5-inch bread pans.
  2. greased & floured bread pans
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. whisking flour & sugar
    whisking flours & powders
  5. Cut the butter into chunks. Mix in with a pastry cutter until it is crumbly and you can not see any bits of butter.
  6. cut butter
    butter mixed with flour
    mixing butter with flour

  7. Mix in the raisins and caraway seeds.
  8. adding seeds to dough
  9. Whisk the egg in a small dish. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour most of the buttermilk in, reserving a little to mix with the egg.
  10. 2 cups buttermilk
    mixing egg & buttermilk
  11. Add the egg mixture in and stir everything until the liquid is fully incorporated. The dough will be thick, sticky, and should look a little chunky.
  12. mixing egg & milk
    mixing dough
  13. Divide it evenly into the two pans.
  14. batter in pans

  15. Bake the bread 1 hour in the oven preheated to 350 F. Look for a golden color and test with a toothpick for doneness. Cool in the pans for about five minutes and then transfer the bread to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  16. baked Irish Soda Bread in pans
  17. Slice the bread when cool, or just barely warm, to serve. Store in gallon bags.
  18. Irish Soda Bread on cooling rack

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May 15, 20190 found this helpful

I cannot wait to make this! I love Irish Soda bread, and usually bake it in a cast iron skillet. The way you do it, it's way easier to slice and toast! Mouth watering...

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May 15, 20190 found this helpful

I'm so glad you'll use the recipe! I really enjoy it and have had a lot of success with it in the oven. :)

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