Irish Soda Bread is a classic St. Patrick’s Day treat! This high-rising bread is very easy to make, filled with sweet raisins, and tastes amazing!
Irish Soda Bread is a classic St. Patrick's Day treat! This high-rising bread is very easy to make, filled with sweet raisins, and tastes amazing!

I subscribed to Taste Of Home magazines for many, many years, and have kept all of my issues! Let me tell you, I have lots of those magazines in my office! I keep them for inspiration, and still look through some of these back issues for great ideas!

Many years ago I cut out a recipe from the pages for a classic Irish soda bread, and have kept it all these years in my trusty recipe box! The recipe card doesn’t indicate which magazine issue it was from (month/year), so I have no way of knowing WHICH of my MANY Taste of Home magazines I clipped it from. But, since the recipe is so good, I want to share it with you today!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and Irish soda bread can EASILY be part of your traditional Irish dinner, or ANY meal, for that matter! This delicious bread is so easy to prepare, and the taste is wonderful!  Serve a loaf of this bread, along with some corned beef and cabbage, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful Irish meal!

How To Make Irish Soda Bread

Preheat your oven to 375° F.  While the oven preheats, place flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk or stir the dry ingredients together.  Use a pastry blender (or two forks), to cut in very cold butter, until the mixture is crumbly, and the butter has been reduced almost to the size of peas.

In a separate container, mix together buttermilk and one egg, and pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine, but only until the flour mixture is just moistened. Be careful not to over mix the dough!

Butter, eggs, and buttermilk is added to dry ingredients to make Irish soda bread dough.

The batter will be fairly sticky/tacky. Add the raisins, and fold them into the dough.

Raisins are added to the Irish soda bread dough.

Transfer the dough onto a floured work surface. Lightly sprinkle with additional flour, and knead the dough for 1 minute, adding flour as necessary. Shape the Irish soda bread dough into a round circle.

The dough for the Irish soda bread is kneaded, then formed into a circle before baking.

Place the round Irish soda bread loaf onto a well greased baking pan/sheet. Use a sharp knife, and cut a cross shape in the top of the loaf, cutting about 1/4″ deep.

A cross is cut into the top of the Irish soda bread before baking.

Lightly beat the one remaining egg, and brush it over the top of the loaf. Bake the Irish soda bread for 30-35 minutes in a preheated 375° F. oven.

When done, the loaf should be gorgeous and golden brown and “set” in the top/middle of the loaf. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool for several minutes before slicing.

Irish soda bread is baked for about 30 minutes until done and golden brown.

Here, the baked Irish soda bread is cooling down on a wire rack before slicing.

When ready to serve the Irish soda bread, use a sharp serrated knife, and cut the loaf into 8 slices. The bread tastes fantastic when eaten warm, with a little bit of butter on it! YUM!

A slice is cut out of the Irish soda bread, to reveal the inside of the loaf.

Hope you enjoy this Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day or ANY time of year! It truly is quite an easy bread to make, and really does taste wonderful. Thanks for reading… have a GREAT day!

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Recipe Source: Gloria Warczak (from Cedarburg, Wisconsin), on a recipe card cut out of one of my old “Taste Of Home” Magazines (original date unknown, recipe was on page 13).

Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Irish Soda Bread is a classic St. Patrick's Day treat! This high-rising bread is very easy to make, filled with sweet raisins, and tastes amazing!
Category: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish soda bread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 215 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (very cold)
  • 2 large eggs , divided use
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.  Place flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients together.  Use a pastry blender (or two forks), to cut in very cold butter, until the mixture is crumbly, and the butter is about the size of peas.

  2. In a separate container, mix together buttermilk and one egg, and pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine, but only until flour mixture is just moistened. Do not overmix! The batter will be fairly sticky/tacky. Add the raisins, and fold them into the dough.

  3. Transfer the dough onto a floured work surface. Lightly sprinkle with additional flour, and knead dough for 1 minute, adding flour as necessary. Shape the dough into a round loaf. Place the loaf onto a well greased baking pan/sheet. Use a sharp knife, and cut a cross shape in the top of the loaf, cutting about 1/4" deep.

  4. Lightly beat the one remaining egg, and brush it over the top of loaf. Bake for 30-35 minutes in a preheated 375° F. oven. When done, the bread should be golden brown and "set" in the top/middle of the loaf. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes before slicing. Slice loaf into 8 slices, spread with softened butter, serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/8th of loaf))
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 225mg10%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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