Irish Soda Bread

It doesn’t require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy warm with a bit of jam for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!

 

 

I have often been intimidated by yeast bread so more often than not I make cakes or quick bread instead. I feel like I can tackle the latter with more ease and confidence.

I know I need to overcome this fear and attempt to make even an ordinary loaf soon – definitely before summer comes as it would be intolerable to turn the oven on during the warmer months.

 

 

However, before I do so I thought I ought to make Irish Soda Bread first and see if I can actually make one. I know it doesn’t require yeast or a lot of kneading so perhaps it won’t be so difficult at all.

Besides, I promised the kids I would make them some proper bread this weekend so now I cannot back out.

 

Irish Soda Bread

 

I am glad I made it and it came out fine despite my lack of skills in bread-making. This can only mean that anyone can also make this bread. And yes, it can look as lovely as the photo, too.

It doesn’t take a lot of skills to make this and you can impress anyone with your work. So whether or not you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this bread is a delicious addition to your table.

It’s perfectly served warm so you can enjoy that delicious freshly baked taste. Spread a little butter on it and oh, it’s so good. This bread is also best eaten in the same day it’s made.

It’s quite a big round loaf so the entire family and perhaps even some friends can all enjoy this so feel free to share.

Now, I am all set to conquer my fear of making yeast bread! Until the next baking adventure!

 

 It doesn't require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!! #irish #sodabread

 

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WHAT INGREDIENTS TO USE FOR Irish Soda Bread?

 

  • All-purpose (or plain regular) Flour
  •  Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk plus a little extra for brushing on top
  • Unsalted Butter, melted
  • Egg, lightly beaten
  • Raisins (optional but it makes the bread yummier in my opinion so add if you can!)

HOW DO I MAKE Irish Soda Bread?

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
    2. Mix together the buttermilk, melted butter, and lightly beaten egg in another bowl.
    3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the liquid ingredients into the well. Stir to form a soft dough. Add the raisins (if using) and mix lightly. You can use your hands for easier handling. The batter may be sticky.
    4.  Do not overmix. Shape into a ball.
    5. Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet, springform pan or to be more traditional, in a 9- to 10-inch cast iron skillet. Brush with extra buttermilk on top. You may also cut an X across the top if you wish.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the bread is nicely browned on top and no longer looks shiny and doughy  (toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean).
    7. Let it cool in the pan or skillet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. I read that you can also cover the bread with a dishtowel while it’s cooling on a wire rack. This should help maintain the tenderness of the crust.

Enjoy warm-ish with some butter and jam!

Yield: 1 large Loaf, 26 slices
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 50Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour and 10 Minutes

 

 It doesn't require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!! #irish #sodabread

 

Easy-peasy deliciousness, right? Now go and make this soon!

5 from 7 votes
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Irish Soda Bread

It doesn't require much effort to make this delicious Irish Soda Bread made even more flavorful with the addition of sweet raisins. Enjoy for tea time or with your coffee. SO GOOD!
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword baking soda bread, easy no yeast bread recipe, easy soda bread recipe, irish pan bread, irish soda bread, irish soda bread with raisins, soda bread with jam, sweet irish soda bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk plus a little extra for brushing on top
  • 1/3 cup unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 large Egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup raisins optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. Mix together the buttermilk, melted butter and lightly beaten egg in another bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the liquid ingredients into the well. Stir to form a soft dough. Add the raisins (if using) and mix lightly. You can use your hands for easier handling. Batter may be sticky.
  4. Do not overmix. Shape into a ball.
  5. Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet, springform pan or to be more traditional, in a 9- to 10-inch cast iron skillet. Brush with extra buttermilk on top. You may also cut an X across the top, if you wish.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the bread is nicely browned on top and no longer looks shiny and doughy (toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean).
  7. Let it cool in the pan or skillet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. I read that you can also cover the bread with a dish towel while it’s cooling on a wire rack. This should help maintain the tenderness of the crust.
  8. Enjoy warm-ish with some butter and jam!

Recipe Notes

If you’re not using an iron cast skillet for cooking (which I did) you may need to reduce the baking time (using the cast iron takes a little longer). Check the bread at 45 minutes to see if it’s already done.

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17 Comments

  1. March 15, 2015 / 4:07 am

    I am so excited to make my first Irish Soda Bread this year…this looks wonderful. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • March 15, 2015 / 4:15 am

      Same to you Catherine! Hope you enjoy making the bread! 🙂

  2. March 16, 2019 / 6:58 am

    Hi I have never seen this one before. Yes I am Irish. So I am going to try it. Without the rasins first. I do enjoy your dishes.

    • abigail
      Author
      March 19, 2019 / 10:17 am

      Thanks and hope you love the bread. Have made it twice again in a week and my friends from church loved it so hope you do too. Thanks!

  3. Marcia V Daly
    February 7, 2020 / 4:31 pm

    I use my Kitchen-Aid to mix the dough – much easier because it’s so stiff.
    Also, sometimes I add 1-1/2 t. of caraway seeds.
    I knead it a few tomes on a lightly floured board – less sticky to handle.
    I bake it in a 9″ round cake pan.

    • abigail
      Author
      March 8, 2021 / 3:18 pm

      I should try the caraway seeds with it soon! That sounds yummy.

  4. Wendy Genaros
    March 15, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    Can you use bread flour instead of all purpose flour for this recipe.

    • abigail
      Author
      March 15, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      You can try it. I haven’t used that but I cannot see why not. Enjoy!

  5. Kathy
    November 9, 2020 / 8:07 am

    5 stars
    This is delicious! It reminds me of one I used to make many years ago. Thank you.

    • abigail
      Author
      November 9, 2020 / 6:35 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this Kathy! It’s our favorite for sure. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Sue Lanter
    March 8, 2021 / 2:27 pm

    I’m interested in making this, but I don’t keep buttermilk in stock. Is there anything I can substitute for it?

    • abigail
      Author
      March 8, 2021 / 3:07 pm

      You can make your own buttermilk by simply combining a little vinegar and milk. There are many recipes online for that with exact measurements – just google buttermilk substitute recipe. That’s what I do when I don’t have or run out of buttermilk. Because the baking soda reacts with the acid in buttermilk to produce a nice airy and tasty bread – I would personally keep it and just use a sub rather than eliminate it.

  7. Jenn
    March 8, 2021 / 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    The smell of this irish soda bread baking in the oven nearly drove me insane but I managed to wait until it cooled long enough to dig in! Fabulous recipe!

  8. Michelle Boule
    March 8, 2021 / 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    One of my favorites this time of year! I keep coming back to this recipe, so good!

  9. Bintu
    March 8, 2021 / 3:53 pm

    5 stars
    I’d definitely be having a few slices of this Irish soda bread at a time with some jam! Delicious!

  10. Carrie Robinson
    March 8, 2021 / 4:03 pm

    5 stars
    Such a classic recipe to bake up for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂 It looks perfect.

  11. Andrea Metlika
    March 8, 2021 / 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    I had no idea it was this easy to make Irish Soda bread. I’m going to make this often!

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