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


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the raisins and caraway seeds. Stir them into the flour mixture.
  5. Whisk the egg and the buttermilk together then pour it into the flour mixture.
  6. Stir the mixture until you can lift it out of the bowl with your hands.
  7. Lightly flour a flat surface. Place the dough on top and gently knead 5-6 times only.
  8. Cut the dough in half. Make each half into a round ball and flatten each one into a 6″ circle.
  9. Lightly spray a baking pan. Place the dough circles on the pan keeping them apart.
  10. Using a sharp knife cut a 4″ cross 1/4″ deep into both circles.
  11. Brush them both with the melted butter.
  12. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown but do not over bake or they will be dry.
  13. Slice and serve with butter, jelly, jam etc.











Categories: Bread, Fruit


  1. 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

  2. hmm…never heard of this bread or have ever tried caraway seeds. gonna look for them seeds at the grocers. 🙆🏩

  3. 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!!!!!

  4. 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.

  5. The best bread is with cheese called bunz and honey. Thank you for this recipe with baking soda.

  6. 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@

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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