Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda bread is one of the easiest breads you could make. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with a hint of caraway seeds and raisins. It is called Soda bread because it is made with baking soda instead of yeast. It is delicious hot right out of the oven with butter slathered on top.
Add the sugar, baking powder,
baking soda and salt to the flour.
Pour the mixture into a large
bowl and whisk until combined.
Add the shortening to the flour mixture.
Using a pastry blender or two knives,
cut the shortening into the flour.
The flour will resemble coarse crumbs.
Add the raisins and caraway seed.
Stir them into the flour.
Add the eggs to the buttermilk.
Whisk them together.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
Stir until you can pick it up with your hands.
Lightly flour a clean flat surface.
Place the dough onto the flour
and gently knead 5 or 6 times.
Cut the dough in half. Roll both
dough pieces into a ball then flatten
to a even 6″ wide circle each.
Lightly spray a baking
sheet with cooking oil.
Place both circles of dough onto
the pan keeping them apart.
Using a sharp knife, cut a 4″ cross
1/4″ deep into both dough circles.
Brush the melted butter all
over both dough circles.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven
for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Be careful not to over bake or it will be dry.
Slice and serve with butter, jelly, jam,
marmalade etc. or just eat it plain.
Irish Soda Bread
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp. shortening
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 Tbsp. caraway seeds
- 1 & 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the shortening and cut it into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives. It should resemble coarse crumbs when it’s done.
- Add the raisins and caraway seeds. Stir them into the flour mixture.
- Whisk the egg and the buttermilk together then pour it into the flour mixture.
- Stir the mixture until you can lift it out of the bowl with your hands.
- Lightly flour a flat surface. Place the dough on top and gently knead 5-6 times only.
- Cut the dough in half. Make each half into a round ball and flatten each one into a 6″ circle.
- Lightly spray a baking pan. Place the dough circles on the pan keeping them apart.
- Using a sharp knife cut a 4″ cross 1/4″ deep into both circles.
- Brush them both with the melted butter.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown but do not over bake or they will be dry.
- Slice and serve with butter, jelly, jam etc.
Not only does it sound easy, but also makes me want to and make this, right away!!!
Thank you! I love it hot out of the oven. The next day I microwave it to make it warm and butter it…so good!
Sounds the best recipe for Irish bread.It is interesting ,you use an old English Viking word, slathered, meaning thickly laid or mud packed. Seem you may have origin in North England. tam sen yan metherea tethera slather cli brid Or in modern day, you can, one or two, butter the bread thick or nay
Oh yes thick slices with lots of butter…lol Thanks!
hmm…never heard of this bread or have ever tried caraway seeds. gonna look for them seeds at the grocers. 🙆🏩
They are the seeds they put in some rye breads. I love them!
In rye breads? then u musta tried it. thanks, Diane! 🙆💟
Yes I make and eat everything I post. I love caraway seeds and rye bread. Heck… any bread is good…lol
true dat! any bread is good! 🙆💟
I used to love this stuff! In my first primary teaching job I worked with a Catholic ex-nun from southern Ireland. She would make soda bread at home and bring it for lunch. Sometimes she shared it. It was lovely!!!!!
What a wonderful story Jo! I would love her recipe!
I love any kind of fruit bread. I think that eating a slice of your soda bread with butter would be a delicious treat.
That’s my favorite way too! Thanks Linda!
I am intrigued by the name!
They call it that because it is made with baking soda instead of yeast. Thanks Jess!
Oh I see! It looks wonderful Diane! I just wanna reach into the screen and grab it! lol!
Never heard of soda bread before, definitely something new to add to my cooking-wish-list
I’ve made it for years. There is no yeast in this bread.
Wonderful recipe! I love the addition of raisins in here.
Thank you Megala!
That’s a keeper for next St. Patrick’s Day! I made Irish soda bread once years ago but don’t even remember how it turned out it was so long ago.
This is a pretty fool proof recipe. One of my favorite breads.
Great recipe! I always wanted to try baking it!
Valerie it is so easy to make. Give it a try. Thanks!
Anything with bread in the name catches my attention!
I understand that!
This is so good especially with honey! 💗
Yes it sure is Lisa! Thanks!
The best bread is with cheese called bunz and honey. Thank you for this recipe with baking soda.
I never heard of Bunz. I will have to check that out. Thank you!
There is nothing so wondrous as the smell of baking bread…
Yes you are so right Matt!
I’ll have to give this a try Diane 🙂
You won’t be sorry June. When I eat it after it cools, like the next day, I microwave it for a few seconds to make it warm again. So good!
I always wondered why they called it soda bread Diane. This looks easy, even fun.
A lot of people are intimidated by yeast and kneading so this is a great recipe for them.
Yes, my mom tried a baked good using yeast – it wasn’t bread, and she had bad luck with it (twice) and swore off using yeast for good.
Yes using yeast has it’s own rules. Break one and it won’t turn out.
For sure I’d better not tread there then!!
Oh yum! Sounds scrumptious. 🙂
Oh my goodness this bread brings back fond memories of making it in Home Ec class in high school!
Awesome! All I remember making is taffy and hard candy! See I even had a sweet tooth way back when! lol
A lovely bread with some nice Kerrygold butter. 😊
I made this for St. Patrick’s Day… and it was such a treat! Great tutorial!
This looks great, Diane. I have only had soda bread at Irish restaurants, but have never attempted to bake it myself. I will try this recipe for sure!
Oh yes give it try it is so easy to make! Then microwave the bread the next day to warm it and it tastes like it just came out of the oven.
Sounds great, Diane!
I wonder if I’ve truly ever had it? Its interesting that its made with baking soda instead of yeast. Is that not as common? I’ve never heard of that before lol. This looks good@
Usually most breads are made with yeast. Since this doesn’t need to rise or be kneaded it is a simple bread. Thanks!
This looks so good! I’ve never had soda bread, I’ve got to give it a go! I actually posted a recipe for wholemeal bread myself 😂
I will definitely be checking that out! Thanks!
I can’t find your bread?
Can you not? That’s strange, it says it’s been posted. I’ll try to repost it, there might have been some technical error 😅
I tried soda bread for the first time in March!! It is so yummy. 🙂
Isn’t it! I like to eat it warm with butter.
Hi Diane. You are a super-talented superchef! I am about to make Soda Bread for the first time in my life – Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe. Have a blessed day
OMG you are so sweet! I wouldn’t say I’m a superchef just a lot of years of practice…lol Soda Bread is so easy to learn. If you microwave the leftovers for a few seconds it will taste like it came right out of the oven. Enjoy and have a great week Matilde!
Really enjoyed the set up of your post and the step by step-good content and I cannot wait to try this bread!
Thank you so much for your nice comment! I want any level of cook to be able to make my recipes. After people cook for so many years it is easy to take things for granted when cooking. I don’t want to do that when I post a recipe. Enjoy the Irish Soda Bread, it is delicious and a simple bread to make.
Thanks for this! I need to try my hand at making some this weekend!
You’re welcome this is very easy! Enjoy!