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St. Patrick's Day Food: How To Make Irish Soda Bread

Updated on May 6, 2014

How To Make Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is perfect for the novice baker or the hassled Mom. This no fuss recipe is a hearty crowd pleaser. Irish Soda Bread tastes great with butter and tea. Simple food for a year round treat, no muss and no fuss.

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 1 Round Loaf
Here's What You'll Need
Here's What You'll Need


  • 4 cups Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 large pinch Salt, (approx 1 tsp)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Dried cranberries or Raisins
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Corn Starch
Add The Dry Ingredients Together First
Add The Dry Ingredients Together First

Step By Step

  1. Soften the butter. Mix your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the softened butter in small chunks. Start to mix together into clumps.
  2. Make a well in the center of the mix. Add the egg and buttermilk into the well. Stir until mixed. The dough will be chunky, that is fine as long as the powdered ingredients are mixed through the dough.
  3. Finally, stir in the dried fruit. You can substitute dates, raisins, or cranberries to suit your tastes.
  4. Once they are incorporated, form your dough ball. Place the ball in a well sprayed Pyrex dish. Take a knife and create cuts in the dough to allow the bread to bake evenly.
  5. Place in a 450 degree oven for around 40 minutes or until the bottom is hollow when you tap on it.

How Do You Like Me Now?

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Irish Soda Bread

© 2013 Amy L. Tarr


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    • PenHitsTheFan profile image

      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      Thanks DIYmommy. I appreciate that.

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      @HendrikDB, let me know how it turns out.

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      Julie 5 years ago

      With a hint of Irish in my background (and more in my husbands), this recipe is a no brainer. I will have to add this to my "to do" list of kitchen creations! Thanks for the great hub!

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      HendrikDB 5 years ago

      Will try this recipe.