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irish soda bread recipe

Irish Soda Bread

Made with baking soda, buttermilk, and raisins, it's Irish Soda Bread. A quick and easy bread recipe that is dense yet incredibly soft.
Course Breads
Cuisine Irish
Keyword bread recipe, irish soda bread, irish soda bread recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 285kcal



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter/blender, work butter into the dry mixture until butter is the size of small peas.
  • Pour in buttermilk all at once and incorporate until just combined. Dough will be very wet! Stir in raisins.
  • Flour clean work surface well with flour and dump dough into the center. Sprinkle with more flour and work into a circular loaf. Transfer to baking sheet. Score an "X" over top of the loaf using a very sharp knife.
  • Bake 35-45 minutes or until browned and thoroughly baked. Cool 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.


This recipe calls for 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk but if you're using this substitution trick, use 1 1/2 cups milk and stir with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to sour before using. (I use 1/4 cup less milk because it's not as thick as buttermilk.)


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg