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How To Make Irish Soda Bread

Whether you’re a skilled baker or trying this for the first time – you’ll be able to pull off an easy and delicious Irish Soda Bread!

Traditionally made in a cast-iron skillet, you can opt for a round baking pan or cake pan if that is what you have on hand.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
This is one of the most delicious and easiest breads to make. Beginner baker or pro - this should turn out perfectly for you.


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (It's in the name!)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups raisins (I used 2 cups currants)
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream


Prepare a 9-inch round baking or cake pan.

    In large mixing bowl add flour (reserve 1 tbsp), baking soda, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, caraway seeds, and raisins. Mix

    • In separate bowl: lightly beat eggs, then add sour cream, and buttermilk. Blend all together. Stir in the flour mixture. Do not over-mix. Combine just until flour mixture is moistened.

    Knead dough approximately 10 times. This dough will be really sticky. If you don't get to 10, it should still turn out okay.

    • Place dough in your prepared pan and form into place. Sprinkle with reserved flour. Score an X on the top with a very sharp knife.

    Bake at 350F (175C) for 65 to 75 minutes.

    • If you notice that the bread is browning too much, you can losely place a piece of foil over the top.
    • Allow bread to cool enough to remove from pan before serving. Turn it onto a wire rack when cool enough to remove. This will help keep your bread from continuing to cook in the pan.


    Butter: Very cold, or even frozen small cubed butter will help to keep the dough from being overly sticky.
    Buttermilk: You must use buttermilk. This will react with the baking soda to create the leavening.
    Egg: You can skip the egg for a lighter loaf.
    Raisins: You can leave these out if you don't like them or can't eat them.
    Course: Bread
    Cuisine: Irish
    Keyword: Irish Soda Bread, St. Patrick's Day

    Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash


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