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Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a quick bread that's easy to make with just a few ingredients. This bread is perfect for breakfast when topped with butter and jam.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 12 slices


  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour plus more for bench flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1 cup (227g) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup (149g) raisins


  • Preheat the oven to 400f and set a rack to the middle level. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined.
  • Using your hands or a pastry cutter, add the butter to the flour and mix until the butter disappears.
  • Add the raisins to the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg, then pour the mixture into the flour mixture using a fork to combine.
  • With floured hands shape the mixture into a large ball, then place the dough onto a floured surface and knead just enough for it to come together in a shaggy dough ball.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a large X or cross about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350f and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool and serve with plenty of Irish butter, jam or marmalade. Enjoy!


  • Caraway seeds can be added if desired.
  • Soda bread can be stored for 2 days at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for 5 days.
  • This recipe was written for a conventional oven.  For convection ovens, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees and begin checking for doneness at the 75% mark.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.8g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 4.6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 11.2g | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg