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how to make delicious irish soda bread from scratch

Irish Soda Bread

Simple, delicious and hearty, this bread is perfect for your Irish celebrations. Pair it with strawberry jam as a side to Irish stew!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword Comfort Food, High Altitude Baking, Irish, Soda Bread, St. Patrick’s Day
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 People


  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 Tbsp Butter Cold and grated
  • 1 3/4 Cup Buttermilk Chilled and shaken
  • 1 Egg Lightly Beaten Extra Large
  • 1 Cup Raisins or Currants


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet with parchment paper or butter and flour your cast iron pan. 

  2. Whisk together flour sugar, salt and baking soda until thoroughly combined. 

  3. With your hands or a wooden spoon, add butter and work into flour mixture until course crumbs are formed. Add raisins or currants to the mixture. 

  4. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the buttermilk and the beaten egg. Use a wooden spoon to combine ingredients until a course dough forms. 

  5. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough a few times until workable enough to shape into a round loaf. Do not knead dough too long or the bread will end up tough. Knead just long enough to create a round loaf. Place on pan with parchment paper or in a cast iron dutch oven or deep pan. 

  6. Using a serrated bread knife, lightly cut an X into the top of the loaf. 

  7. Bake for about 45 minutes. It may take a shorter amount of time on a baking sheet and a bit longer in a cast iron dutch oven. Bread will be done when a baking tester comer out clean and tapping on the bottom of the loaf makes a “hollow” sound. 

  8. Place on a baking rack to cool. Serve warm with butter and strawberry jam.