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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a favorite on St. Patty's Day and a staple in most Irish homes. This is a classic, family recipe with raisins and caraway. Smeared with butter and jam this is a delicious brunch and breakfast addition.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine General
Servings 20 Served
Calories 38 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 2 ¾ Cups All-purpose flour plus an additional ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ Tsp. Baking soda
  • ¾ Tsp. Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp. Caraway seeds
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • Cooking Spray


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with the shelf rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 ¾ flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then, stir in the raisins and caraway seeds.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk and eggs. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined (don’t over mix). This dough is very, very sticky but that is the way it is supposed to be.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of flour on a board. Put the dough onto the floured board and begin gently kneading the dough and gathering the flour on the board into the dough.
  • Shape the dough into a circle and cut a deep cross into the top of the bread round.
  • Bake the loaf for about one hour. Test the center of the loaf with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. Transfer the bread to a wire rack and allow to cool. Slice the bread and serve with butter and/or jam. I love to serve this with a homemade jam and Kerry Gold butter (just to keep that Irish vibe going).


Calories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Bread, Irish
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