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Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Updated on May 14, 2014

Irish Soda Bread is an old classic bread that spans centuries. I love the thought of making the same recipe that might have been used so many years ago. It warms my soul to start from scratch and make something so enjoyable to share just like our ancestors.

Serving Size

Serves: 1 loaf


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Grease a large baking sheet.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixture forms a ball.
  5. Adjust amount of flour or buttermilk if if dough is too wet or dry.
  6. Shape dough into a ball and place on baking sheet, flatten slightly.
  7. Score a deep cross in the top of dough.
  8. Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow to the touch on top.


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      mockingbird999 3 years ago

      I love Irish soda bread. I'll admit I leave out the raisins, but otherwise I do it just like that and it's delicious.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      You know, the shape of that bread reminds me of my Ukrainian grandmother's egg bread! I've not spent a lot of time trying to make bread, but think I would enjoy doing that. Thanks for sharing such a delicious looking recipe!

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      Joanne Reid 3 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      Oh wow! This looks amazing and it is something that I am going to try almost immediately. Thank you for sharing.