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Irish Soda Bread

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St. Patrick’s Day calls for this Irish Soda Bread! Soft, buttery, sweet and so good! It requires no yeast, and will leave your kitchen smelling like an Irish Bakery!


-4 cups all-purpose flour

-1/3 cup white sugar

-1 tsp. salt

-1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

-1 cup raisins (optional)

-6 Tbsp. very cold cubed butter

-1 3/4 cups buttermilk

-1 large egg


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. You can bake it in multiple things. You can use a lined baking sheet, a 9-10 inch cake pan (lightly greased), or a 12-inch seasoned cast iron skillet.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup white sugar, and 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, and 1 tsp. baking soda. Now add in 1 cup of raisins (optional), and mix.

3. To the dry ingredients add 6 Tbsp. very cold cubed butter, and break it up with a pastry cutter, or your hands until coarse crumbs.

4. Whisk together 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk with 1 large egg in a separate bowl.

5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing them until it comes together.

6. Transfer dough onto a floured surface, and knead until you see no more streaks of flour. Then shape the dough into a ball. Transfer to a cast iron skillet, a lined baking sheet, or a lightly greased cake pan.

7. Cut a cross in the middle of the bread and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Then cover with foil, and bake for another 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

8. Once baking, transfer to a cooling rack and let the bread cool for 15 minutes before serving.

9. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 284