Irish Soda Bread Recipe

A classic Irish Soda Bread Recipe for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, your Irish heritage or if you are looking to try something new to go along with dinner tonight. For added touches, incorporate raisins, sesame seeds, oats or sprinkle granulated sugar on top during baking. Do you have a traditional take on this bread? Share with us how you make yours!

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Irish Soda Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened butter. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and the egg.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead slightly and form into a rounded shape. Place on baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix melted butter and the remaining buttermilk and brush loaf with up to half of the mixture. Use a knife and make two shallow line cuts in the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes, removing loaf at about 25 minutes to quickly brush with remaining butter and buttermilk mixture. Use the toothpick test to test for doneness; serve.

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