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5 from 10 votes

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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 Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish soda bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye



  • 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


  • 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.


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.


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