Irish Soda Bread Recipes

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This 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


  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 1 cup raisins, soaked for 15-20 minutes in warm water and drained
  • 3 Tbsp caraway seeds
  • 2 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease and flour two 9x5-inch bread pans.
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  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Cut the butter into chunks. Mix in with a pastry cutter until it is crumbly and you can not see any bits of butter.
  5. Mix in the raisins and caraway seeds.
  6. 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.
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  8. 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.
  9. Divide it evenly into the two pans.
  10. 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.
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  12. Slice the bread when cool, or just barely warm, to serve. Store in gallon bags.
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Great tasting and goes great with corned beef,cabbage and potatoes for Saint Patrick's Day

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It doesn't have to be St. Paddy's Day to enjoy this tasty Irish bread.

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November 21, 2006

I got this recipe from a newspaper insert and gave it a try. It is a very heavy type bread, but was quick and easy.

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March 13, 2010

Does anyone have any good, easy recipes for Irish Soda Bread as I can't find mine.


By betty hotaling from Slate Hill, NY


March 14, 20100 found this helpful

I found this one for Amazingly-Easy-Irish-Soda-Bread/Detail.aspx

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

Here is another:Irish Soda Bread Recipe : : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Irish Soda Bread recipe from Sara's Secrets


This recipe is super easy and delicious. Plus it makes two loaves. irish-soda-bread-recipe/index.html

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Soda Bread

3 tbsp butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
Honey and room temperature butter for spreading

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease cookie sheet.
Cut butter in to flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl until mixture is fine and crumbly.
Stir in buttermilk.
Place dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Shape into round loaf.
Place on cookie sheet and cut an X about 1/2 inch deep on top of loaf.


Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes.
Serve with butter and honey.

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

Hi the best recipe for soda bread I have & 1 I always use is. 1lb wholemeal flour. tsp. salt 1 tsp. bicarb. 1 tsp. baking powder mix together then rub in 2 oz butter (this is for moisture as soda bread can be dry) then add enough buttermilk or ordinary milk to form a softish dough. Just kneed this slightly shape into a circle then bake for about 35 minutes. Let us know which works for you good luck. helen x

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March 13, 2010

Does anyone have a good Irish soda bread recipe?

Elaine H from Trenton


Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Sift together the flour, sugar,
    salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, work butter into
    flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then stir
    in raisins.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add
    beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix in with a
    wooden spoon until dough is too stiff to stir. Dust hands
    with a little flour, then gently knead dough in the bowl
    just long enough to form a rough ball. If the dough is too
    sticky to work with, sprinkle in a little more flour. Do
    not overknead. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface
    and shape into a round loaf.
  4. Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased cast-iron
    skillet or a baking sheet. Using a serrated knife, score
    top of dough about 1/2'' deep in an "X" shape. Transfer
    to oven and bake until bread is golden and bottom sounds
    hollow when tapped with a knife, about 35-45 minutes.
    Check for doneness also by inserting a long, thin skewer
    into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.

Hint 1: If the top is getting too dark while baking, tent the
bread with some aluminum foil.

Hint 2: If you use a cast iron skillet to cook the bread in
the oven, be very careful when you take the pan out. It's
easy to forget that the handle is extremely hot. Cool the
handle with an ice cube, or put a pot holder over it.

Transfer bread to a rack to let cool briefly. Serve bread
warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted. (11/20/2007)

By CharlieRS

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