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Irish Soda Bread

A good old fashioned Irish soda bread recipe that can be prepped in 10 minutes! The buttermilk gives this soda bread the perfect flavor. It’s crunchy on the outside and moist and sweet on the inside!

Sliced Irish soda bread on a wooden cutting board.
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Easy Soda Bread Recipe

Bread can definitely sound intimidating to make from scratch, but it doesn’t have to be! This is one of the easiest bread recipes to make since it doesn’t require any yeast or rising time. Some other easy favorites are my 3-ingredient artisan bread and homemade french bread.

This Irish soda bread is so simple to make and tastes great! There is no yeast in this recipe and there is no rise time, making it super quick. The outside texture reminds me of an Irish scone, while the inside is tender and sweet. My kids weren’t sure of the texture at first, but it grew on them. It’s definitely not the same texture as my traditional bread recipe, but so yummy. My husband and I couldn’t stop eating it!

This Irish soda bread tastes great served with butter and a little bit of honey. We absolutely loved it and will be making it again for dinner on Saint Patrick’s Day along with corned beef and cabbage!

Brushing Irish soda bread with butter.

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

  1. MIX. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork. Stir in the buttermilk and egg.
  2. KNEAD. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands until the bread forms a ball. At this point you can cut the dough in half to make 2 smaller loaves or 1 large loaf. Press it down and round the edges and then cut an ‘X’ in the top of the loaf.
  3. BAKE. Combine the melted butter and buttermilk in a small bowl and then brush half of it on top of the loaf. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes, brushing the remaining buttermilk mixture on top halfway through.

Sweet Version with Raisins

For a sweeter version, try making this recipe with raisins. Just mix in 1 cup of raisins (or 1/2 cup into half of the loaf). Next sprinkle with sugar after brushing the butter on top before baking. Then slice it and top with a little more butter and honey. DELISH!!

Circular loaf of Irish soda bread in a white cast iron skillet.

How Long Does it Last?

It’s best if served the first day, however the bread should keep for about 2 to 3 days. It has a tendency to dry out pretty quickly, so just make sure to wrap it tightly with foil or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Ways to Enjoy Irish Soda Bread

5 star review

“Love this recipe! Even better than Kneader’s Irish Soda Bread. We look forward to it all year long…although I’ve been known to make this as the perfect side to any soup. It’s so moist, light and buttery…like a big biscuit. Anyone who tries it, loves it, and it’s easy to make and even give away!”

– Mollie
Irish soda bread with raisins that's topped with butter and honey.

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irish soda bread on a cutting board cut into slices

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
A good old fashioned Irish soda bread recipe that can be prepped in 10 minutes! The buttermilk gives this soda bread the perfect flavor. It's crunchy on the outside and moist and sweet on the inside!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

Bread:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 8 Tablespoons Kerrygold Irish Butter (can substitute for butter or margarine, slightly softened)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg

For Brushing on Top:

  • 1/4 cup butter , melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a skillet, pizza stone or baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork. Stir in the buttermilk and egg. 
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands until the bread forms a ball. At this point you can cut the dough in half to make 2 smaller loaves or 1 large loaf. Press it down and round the edges and then cut an 'X' in the top of the loaf.
  • For the brushing on top, combine the melted butter and buttermilk in a small bowl and then brush half of it on top of the loaf. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick comes clean, about 45-55 minutes. Brush remaining butter onto the soda bread half way during baking.
  • Cool on baking rack and serve warm. This Irish soda bread is best served the first day.

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Notes

This recipe makes 2 small loaves.  
For a sweeter version, mix in 1 cup of raisins (or 1/2 cup into half of the loaf). Then sprinkle with sugar after brushing the butter on top before baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 143mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: bread
Cuisine: Irish

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