Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

Did you know there is no yeast in soda bread? Without any rising time, this Irish recipe is a quick and simple treat for St. Paddy’s Day! Slather with butter and enjoy.


  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together sifted flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Using your hands, mix butter into flour mixture until mixture is crumbly. Add raisins. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg together. Add baking soda to buttermilk mixture. Mix buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until well combined. Form dough into a ball and place in a greased baking dish. Using a greased knife, make a large cross about 1/2 -inch deep on top of dough. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.


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5 responses to “Irish Soda Bread

  1. Lee

    Looks great and tastes delicious. I ate a quarter of it in under 15 minutes! Tastes so much better than a sample of soda bread I had at Stew Leonard’s this weekend.

  2. Sara

    Soooo easy to make ! Looks yummy,I’ll bake it tomorrow.

  3. Jo

    Thanks for sharing. I love Irish Soda Bread, and wish I had seen this recipe yesterday (when posted), so I could have enjoyed it for breakfast this morning! I can’t believe the preparation is so simple. I may give it a try this weekend.

  4. Seamus O'Flanagan

    What a beautiful St. Paddy’s day treat! It looks just like the loafs my mother used to bake for me when I was a child in Tipperary! Slainte!

  5. Jenni

    Thanks for sharing. This is my first time making Irish Soda Bread. It was very simple and the whole family enjoyed it.

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