Sunday, March 9, 2014

Irish Soda Bread

With St. Paddy's Day only 8 days away, I am sharing my recipe for Irish Soda Bread.  Growing up, I was never a huge fan of this bread because I always thought it was so dry.  I had to put tons of butter on each piece to eat it - and John agreed with this sentiment.  But I put together a recipe and a method that ensures a delicious and moist piece of Irish Soda Bread!  Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes two loaves!  One for your family to enjoy and one to share with a relative/neighbor/friend!  

Everyone who has tried my recipe so far has LOVED it, and I hope you enjoy it too! 

Here's What You Need to Make the Irish Soda Bread:

  • 4 cups of all purpose flour 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 stick butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk 
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp water

Now Let's Make the Irish Soda Bread:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet pan with foil
  2. In a large mixing bowl place 4 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt.  Whisk these ingredients together
  3. Add the cubed butter (cold right out of the fridge) and use your *clean* hands to incorporate the butter into the dry mixture until crumbly 
  4. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the raisins
  5. Pour the buttermilk in and mix with spoon until dough forms
  6. Turn out dough onto floured surface and shape into a ball
  7. Divide ball into two even halves and shape each half into a round loaf - place onto prepared baking sheet
  8. Use a knife to score a cross into the top of each loaf
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until tops of loaves are golden brown
  10. Place 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tbsp water into a bowl
  11. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds
  12. Use a pastry brush to brush tops of loaves with the sugar water while bread is still warm from the oven (I did two coats of the sugar water on each loaf - I still had a little bit left)
*This bread is best if eaten in 1-2 days*

Happy Irish Soda Bread Baking! 


  1. The bread looks great! Maybe I missed it, but is is a sweet bread or a savory bread? I'm a soup fanatic and always looking for a "starch" to pair with it. Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi Stephanie! This bread is a sweet bread because of the sugar and the raisons. However, I would not say that it is overly sweet. It would probably go well with a savory dish because it would offer a contrast!



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