Easy IrishSoda Bread Recipe

Posted on Feb 19 2015 - 8:00am by Susan Bewley

As crazy as it may sound, when I think of St. Patrick’s day, I don’t think of green or pinching anyone, but Irish food. To me, March is the time to throw some corned beef in the slow cooker and bake some delicious soda bread. The problem I have found with soda bread, however, is it is either really good or a bit on the bland side. Being someone that spend a lot of time baking in the kitchen, I am constantly experimenting with different recipes. Recently, a friend of mine introduced to me an amazing Irish Bread recipe that I thought was out of this world!

Knowing that many of you would love a good bread recipe as well, I decided to post her awesome recipe on the site. Below, you will find this easy and delicious Irish Soda Bread Recipe. Feel free to tell us what you think below! Also, are there any foods you associate with St. Patrick’s Day?

Note: Special thanks to my friends Krista from Adventures of Country Divas for helping me with this recipe and pictures!

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Looking for a yummy bread recipe for St. Patrick's Day? Check out this delicious & easy Soda Bread Recipe!
Recipe type: Bread
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour (divided)
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ Tsp Salt
  • 3 C Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Caraway Seeds (optional)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1¼ Cups buttermilk
  • 1 Cups Sour Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 inch round baking pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour (reserve 1 tablespoon), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins (optional) , and caraway seeds (optional)
  4. In a smaller bowl, blend eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream.
  5. Stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture just until flour is moistened.
  6. Knead dough in bowl about 10 to 12 strokes.
  7. Dough will be sticky.
  8. Place the dough in the prepared pan and pat down.
  9. Cut a 4 x ¾ inch deep slit in the top of the bread.
  10. Dust with 1 Tbsp flour.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 65 to 75 minutes.
  12. Let cool and turn bread out onto a wire rack.



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

59 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. lisa February 19, 2015 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I have never tried soda bread. Reading over the ingredients, it’s sounds pretty good. I see the caraway seeds are optional, I’d leave those out. I’m going to try this. I don’t usually keep buttermilk on hand. I think I read that you can easily make it, I’m going to check into that.

  2. vickie couturier February 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    looks and sounds good,,cant wait to try it

  3. laura rubenstein February 19, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Soda bread it soo good!! I will defiantly be making this recipe.

  4. Leah February 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    This sounds really good and aside from caraway seeds, which are optional anyways, I think I have all the ingredients here at home! I also think i could probably substitute dried currents for the raisins, too.

  5. Carmela Capano February 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    This recipe sounds quite delicious! I have never tried soda bread but definitely plan to make some soon!

  6. Mary Czerczyk February 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I have never tried the Irish Soda bread. It sound good but to be honest I usually don’t do to well with bread recipes. Thanks anyway.

  7. Morgana DeLarge February 20, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I’ve never tried it, it seems delicious!

  8. Francine Anchondo February 20, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe sounds good.

  9. terra phipps February 20, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    going to try this for the first tjme thanks this is looks good.

  10. amy guillaume linderman February 20, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

    oh my gosh my hubby and i love irish soda bread! def. going to make some this weekend!

  11. Alvina carder February 20, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I have never made this before . but im gonna try it and make it for St. Patties Day this year .

  12. Holly Thomas February 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I am going to attempt to make this for St. Patty’s Day.

  13. Debbie Welchert February 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I have never had Soda Bread before and this recipe looks and sound delicious. It really sounds easy to make too. I think I will give it a try and see how I like it.

  14. Dorothy Hubbard February 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I have never tried this type of bread, but it sounds easy enough to make that I will give it a try. I also associate cabbage with St. Pat’s Day.

  15. Barrie February 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    This looks great and easy. I’m going to substitute cranberries for the raisins, though!

  16. Jennifer Heintz February 20, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I love Irish Soda Bread (when it is good!). But I never thought of baking it. The only ingredient that might be tough around here this time of year is the buttermilk. Thank you for sharing a recipe that is easy, and good for the upcoming time.

  17. denise low February 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the information. I love homemade bread. I will try this out on my hubby. It looks delicious.

  18. Sarah L February 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I love corned beef & cabbage, but never had soda bread. This has some yummy ingredients.

  19. Lori R February 21, 2015 at 12:28 am - Reply

    can’t wait to try this with a big bowl of beef barley soup….Yummy!

  20. Aimee Trader February 21, 2015 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of raisins. I wonder if this would be good using dried cranberries?

  21. Carol L February 21, 2015 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I can’t believe how easy this is. I love Irish Soda Bread. So much that once I start eating it I can’t stop. 🙂 Next to corn beef & cabbage it’s the one food I associate with St. Patrick’s Day.
    Carol L

  22. Katie Ellis February 21, 2015 at 12:53 am - Reply

    I have never tried soda bread but it looks delicious. I will definitely be making this recipe in the future. I don’t have any foods that I associate with St. Patrick’s Day. I know they always have green beer then but I don’t drink.

  23. Shakeia Rieux February 21, 2015 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I have never heard of this before but it would be worth trying

  24. Lynn Desroche February 21, 2015 at 2:46 am - Reply

    It’s been so long since I made this! Looks like I need to fix that!

  25. Linda Manns Linneman February 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    This looks so good. I have never had soda bread before. Thank you for sharing

  26. Cynthia Knisely February 21, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I have never had soda bread before but yours looks yummy. I am not much of a baker anymore but I think I will try your receipe

  27. Natalie February 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I have heard of irish soda bread and I will have to try this recipe sometime!

  28. Connie February 21, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve never tried Soda Bread. Now that I see how easy it is, I may try my hand at it.

  29. Rita Corey February 21, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve got to try this. I used to have a friend who was of Irish descent and she made this all the time.

  30. Sue M. February 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of soda bread but it looks really good, thanks for posting the recipe!

  31. krystel February 21, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    i always loved irish bread as a younger kid. my mother use to make it as a little dessert or for breakfeast

  32. terry myers February 21, 2015 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I love soda bread I will try this recipe

  33. Gee February 22, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Yum! I love soda bread!

  34. C Culp February 22, 2015 at 12:30 am - Reply

    I have never tried to make this bread before, but it sounds good to have along with a nice bowl oh hot soup on a cold winter day.

  35. Nena Sinclair February 22, 2015 at 12:41 am - Reply

    I haven’t had Irish Soda Bread in years! I’ve got to make some for my kids and for my grandchildren!

  36. angela smith February 22, 2015 at 2:36 am - Reply

    i’ve never had soda bread but this recipe looks somewhat easy to make.and it looks really good

  37. Ronald G February 22, 2015 at 4:55 am - Reply

    My dad used to make soda bread every time we went hunting or fishing while he was still alive and we just couldn’t get enough of it (especially smothered in jam) however he never added raisins which I think is a great idea …thank you; I’m going to try it that way.

  38. Darlene Cruz February 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    never tried it before but I will now, looks delicious too.

  39. Anne Marie Carter February 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I am saving this recipe so that I can make it for this up coming St. Patrick’s Day.

  40. Mary Fagans February 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I am Irish, but I’ve never had Soda Bread!! How crazy is that?? It looks really good, so while my corned beef & potatoes is cooking next month, I think I will try to make this!! Thanks a lot for posting!!

  41. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) February 24, 2015 at 3:09 am - Reply

    This looks great. I haven’t had soda bread in years. I can’t wait to make this.

  42. Rachel Beltz February 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve actually never tried Irish Soda Bread!! It looks delicious though; maybe this St. Patrick’s Day I’ll get in the mood and go all out with Irish foods!

  43. Debbie Warila February 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    This is a very timely recipe for me to stumble on today. I’ve been meaning to look up a good recipe for Irish Soda Bread, and this one sounds excellent. Thank you for sharing it.

  44. Sandra Watts February 27, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

    This might be good but I am not a huge fan of caraway seeds so I might omit that if I make it.

  45. Kathleen Kelly February 27, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Love Irish soda bread, I think it is time to make some!! Thanks for sharing the recipe…

  46. Alison Gibb March 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! I made a soda bread last year and it was really dry and not very good.

  47. swathi March 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Deciduous soda bread. I need to try it.

  48. Dianna Davis March 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I am like so many others– I have never made this or even tasted it before–Loves really yummy– doesn’t seem to hard as a recipe so I might be able to handle it–lol I am not the best of cooks

  49. Kathleen Kelly March 27, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I made this recipe for St.Patricks day and we all loved it. I have made several different soda breads but I think this one is the best. The addition of sour cream and eggs made the bread very moist and it kept longer than most soda breads. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Susan Bewley March 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome! I am so glad you loved it!

  50. debbie March 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Its weird how smells can remind us of childhood cos as soon as I read this recipe I thought of sitting by the coal range while my nana made soda bread and how good it smelt and tasted as it was eaten with war butter melting into the amazing bread thanks for the recipe

  51. Amber Ludwig March 30, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Love Irish soda bread!! It never seems fresh enough from the bakery!! Im definitely making it myself… even if it’s after st pattys 😉

  52. Janice Crespo March 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  53. Sue M. April 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I’ve never tried Irish soda bread before, but it looks scrumptious; I’ll have to try this out! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  54. Nancy Hilderbrand April 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    I checked out the Easy IrishSoda Bread Recipe. Plsn to make it for my family next week.

  55. Dana Rodriguez April 10, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I have never had Irish Soda Bread.Sounds delicious!

  56. Chandra O'Connor April 15, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    my father in law was from Ireland, so I make Irish Soda bread for my hubby a lot. except I dont put raisins in it. His aunts in Ireland never made it with raisins.

  57. Cindy S. May 30, 2015 at 3:11 am - Reply

    I’ve been looking for an Irish Soda Bread recipe! This sounds great. I am pinning it to my Irish recipes on Pinterest!

  58. Cindy Merrill June 27, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Almost authentic, if you want the “real thing” leave out the raisins.
    Also, in older recipes, barley or potato flour would have been used, up to half the recipe amount to “stretch out” the wheat flour.

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