This Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe is super simple to make and is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day feast! Don’t be intimidated by Irish Soda Bread, it is so much easier than making yeast bread!  Your family will be asking for it year after year!

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

Trust me when I tell you that if baking bread intimidates you, this easy Irish Soda Bread is the recipe you should start with! There isn’t any yeast, which means that you don’t have to get the water temperature perfect or wait for it to rise! This truly is a fool proof recipe that you will come back to time and time again.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

Is Irish soda bread really Irish?

In fact, Irish Soda bread is Irish and is eaten in Ireland on a regular basis. It is so common, that it is sometimes eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since it doesn’t require yeast or any other specialty ingredients and it only uses basic ingredients that were regularly found in most homes, this quick bread was also very popular among the poor.

While there are a lot of different variations to the traditional Irish soda bread, soda bread all comes back to the same basic ingredients. Since it tends to be pretty basic, additions like caraway seeds and dried fruits are added to enhance the flavor so that it can be enjoyed alone.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

Traditional Irish Soda Bread is a dense bread that is filling on its own. It uses baking soda and salt instead of yeast, so it is sometimes referred to as a loaf of unleavened bread.

What do you eat with Irish soda bread?

In the states, you’ll usually only see Irish soda bread one time a year, in March for St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Soda Bread is mostly served alongside other Irish-inspired foods for a St. Patrick’s Day feast, such as corned beef, cabbage, and boiled potatoes. You can also serve warm with a pat of butter, smeared with honey, lemon curd or orange marmalade.

Since Irish Soda bread is dense, it goes perfectly with stews or roasted meats. Go ahead and soak up all of the delicious juices with your slice of soda bread, no judgment here!

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If you’re looking for something different altogether, top a slice of soda bread with bleu cheese! The tangy flavors from the bleu cheese compliment it perfectly! When we have ended up with leftovers, it has also worked great as sandwich bread! It is so good toasted!

In traditional Ireland,  soda bread would have been eaten with cheese for lunch or enjoyed with a glass of tea in the morning as breakfast fare. At dinner time it would have been eaten as a side dish with the main entree, much like how Americans often have a slice of bread with their meal.

As you can see, Irish Soda Bread is very versatile! Go ahead and make it and see for yourself just how easy and flavorful it is!

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

What does soda bread taste like?

Soda bread is very similar to a biscuit in flavor. This soda bread recipe is a basic recipe that you can tweak to fit what your family likes. For that reason, it really is the best Irish Soda Bread recipe that I have found!

The raisins and caraway seeds are optional additions that add a little extra flavor, but overall it is a mild quick bread that goes with many different dishes.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread recipe:

  • ½ cups white sugar
  • 4 cup all-purpose flour; divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3 cups raisins (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour creamThis Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

How to make Irish Soda Bread:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease a 9 inch round baking pan or a baking sheet.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour (reserve 1 tablespoon in your measuring cup), sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. If you’re using raisins and caraway seeds, add them in.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

4. In a smaller bowl, blend eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

5. Stir the buttermilk egg mixture into the flour mixture just until the flour is moistened.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

6. Knead the dough in a large bowl or on a lightly floured surface for about 10 to 12 strokes. The more you knead the bread the denser your bread will come out.

7. Note that the dough will be sticky, that is okay!

8. Place the dough in the prepared pan and pat down.

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9. Using a sharp knife, cut a 4 x ¾ inch deep slit in the top of the bread.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

10.Dust the top of the bread with 1 Tbsp flour.

11. Bake in preheated oven for 65 to 75 minutes.

12. Let cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes)  and turn the bread out onto a wire rack.

This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is the best soda bread recipe! It is so easy and loaded with flavor! Perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Next time you are in the mood for Irish Soda bread make sure you try this easy and delicious irish soda bread recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 356
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup white sugar
  • 4 Cup all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup raisins
  • 1 Tbsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 1/4 Cup buttermilk
  • 1 Cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9 inch round baking pan or a baking sheet.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour (reserve 1 tablespoon in your measuring cup), sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. If you're using raisins and caraway seeds, add them in. 
  • -In a smaller bowl, blend eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream.
  • Stir the buttermilk egg mixture into the flour mixture just until the flour is moistened.

  • Knead the dough in a large bowl or on a lightly floured surface for about 10 to 12 strokes. The more you knead the bread the denser your bread will come out.
  • Note that the dough will be sticky, that is okay! 
  • -Place the dough in the prepared pan and pat down.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a 4 x ¾ inch deep slit in the top of the bread.
  • Dust the top of the bread with 1 Tbsp flour.
  • -Bake in preheated oven for 65 to 75 minutes.
  • Let cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes)  and turn the bread out onto a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

Your kids will love to take part in making this recipe!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 356kcal, Carbohydrates 71g, Protein 7g, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 39mg, Sodium 314mg, Potassium 506mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 10g, Vitamin A 200IU, Vitamin C 2.2mg, Calcium 110mg, Iron 3.2mg

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  1. Do you really mean 3 cups of raisins??? Or, did you mean 1/3 cup raisins?? 3 cups of raisins is the most I’ve ever seen for Irish Soda Bread. Thank you for clarifying.

  2. I just use 1 cup of raisins for this recipe. The 3 was a typo and has been updated in the post. Thank you!