Irish Soda Bread

Recipe for Irish Soda Bread
Catherine Boeckmann


3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)
1 cup regular or golden raisins (or, currants)
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg


Heat oven to 350º. In the bowl of a standing mixer with paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter, caraway seeds (if you like), and raisins. Combine just until incorporated.

In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add to dough; mix just until incorporated.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over onto itself two or three times, shaping it into a round 8-inch loaf. You can also use a tube pan to help shape the loaf. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat. If desired, score an “x” on the top of the dough.

Bake 45 minutes, until well-browned and a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Serve with butter and your favorite jam or preserves.


1 loaf

Preparation Time

30 Minutes

Total Time

75 Minutes

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Buttermilk Substitute

For buttermilk, try 1 Tbsp. lemon juice + milk to make 1 cup.

Lost a favorite recipe for Irish Soda bread..

Years ago a co worker gave me a recipe for Irish Soda bread it had the above ingredients except orange juice was used. I don't recall if the buttermilk was also used in it...Does anyone have a similar recipe for this wonderful Irish bread?

orange Irish soda bread

Hi, Jonibee. You could try following this recipe but add the juice and zest of one orange.

Though this recipe looks good

Though this recipe looks good, it is not, in fact, an accurate recipe for Irish Soda Bread! There is a wonderful site to read, The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread! The link is 3 w' and it explains the history of the bread and the bare bones recipes as well. Bread with raisins is in fact called Spotted Dog. :) Happy St. Patrick Day.


Thanks Susan for the link - not much to that site, but very interesting reading!!

Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Buttermilk.

Anything else added makes it a "Tea Cake!"

We made this reciipe for St

We made this reciipe for St Patrick's Day. We used half white and half whole wheat flour. This is a good recipe for Irish Soda Bread. It is moist, light, and has just the right amount of raisins. It's so yummy I couldn't stop eating it!