Quick and Easy Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread needs a sparse handful of ingredients: baking soda, buttermilk, salt, flour, and a tiny bit of sugar if you’re feeling fancy. This recipe is a more modern, cake-like variation on soda bread that a true born and bred Irish person might raise an eyebrow at, but still thoroughly enjoy eating.

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Irish Soda Bread with Raisins


  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Combine 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
  • Work the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Add raisins.
  • Make a well in the center of the dough and add the beaten egg and buttermilk to it. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon until the dough becomes too stiff to stir.
  • Dust your hands in flour and knead the dough until it's just formed into a ball. The dough should still be a little loose. Don't overknead past this point. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Transfer your dough to a lightly greased pan or cast iron skillet. The dough will flatten a little; this is expected. You can score an X into the dough (as if you were cutting the dough into 4 sectios) with a serrated knife to help heat cook the inside and outside of the bread evenly.
  • Pop it into the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and fully cooked. You can check on its done-ness by inserting a skewer into the center of the bread and seeing if it comes out cleanly. (If the top of your bread is browning too quickly, wrap a little aluminum foil over the top.
  • Serve and enjoy!
 Quick and Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipes


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