Irish Soda Bread Recipe: A Classic Must-Try!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’m excited to share with you my favorite recipe for Irish Soda Bread. This traditional quick bread has been enjoyed for generations in Ireland and is a staple dish for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

When I first learned how to make this bread, I was amazed by how easy it was to prepare. With just a few simple ingredients found in almost any pantry- like Buttermilk, flour, baking soda, salt and sugar – you can make a delicious loaf in no time.

This bread might not be as well-known as other Irish recipes like corned beef or stew, but it’s just as important a part of Ireland’s culinary heritage. Baked fresh and served warm, this bread will delight your taste buds with its dense texture and slightly tangy flavor.

So let’s get baking and indulge in some of the finest Irish heritage!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day
Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

Are you looking for a quick and easy Irish Soda Bread recipe that you can make in under an hour? You’ll love this recipe! It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time you want to celebrate a taste of Ireland.

What makes this traditional Irish Soda Bread so special is its simplicity. It only requires four ingredients: flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. No yeast, no kneading, just mix the ingredients together and bake!

But what really sets this bread apart is its taste. The buttermilk gives it a tangy flavor that complements the slightly sweet taste from the sugar. The crust is crispy, and the inside is soft and tender. It’s perfect with a slather of butter or jam, or as a side to Corned Beef or Traditional Irish Stew.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s also versatile. You can add raisins or golden raisins for a sweeter version or savory additions like cheese, herbs or even bacon to take it to the next level of deliciousness.

This Irish Soda Bread comes together quickly and easily making it perfect for last-minute get-togethers with friends or family. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive! Plus, made with simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe – quick, easy to make, delicious and perfectly suited to any meal!

Ingredient List

 A slice of Irish tradition
A slice of Irish tradition

To make this traditional Irish Soda Bread, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 and 3/4 cups buttermilk

You can also consider adding some raisins or golden raisins to your recipe, which will give your bread a sweet touch.

The Recipe How-To

 No green food coloring required
No green food coloring required

Now comes the fun part – making your very own **Irish Soda Bread** from scratch! This quick and easy recipe is perfect even for beginner bakers. So preheat your oven **375 degrees Fahrenheit** and let’s get started!


Here’s what you’ll need for this traditional Irish bread recipe:
– 4 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda
– 3/4 cup of **granulated sugar**
– 1 cup of raisins (optional)
– 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar. Use a whisk or fork to thoroughly mix these dry ingredients together. Optionally you can also add in a cup of raisins at this stage.

Step 2: Mix in the buttermilk

Next, create a well in the center of your dry ingredient mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently stir everything together until the dough begins to form.

Step 3: Knead the dough

Once you have a solid ball of dough formed, place it onto a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for approximately five minutes. This will help activate the baking soda which will make your bread rise.

Step 4: Shape the dough and make slits

After you’ve kneaded the dough, shape it into a round loaf and place it onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Take a sharp knife and score a large “X” on top of the loaf, which will help it bake more evenly.

Step 5: Bake the bread

Place your baking sheet with the bread dough in the preheated oven and let it bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious homemade **Irish Soda Bread** fresh out of the oven as part of your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for a Saint Patrick's Day brunch
Perfect for a Saint Patrick’s Day brunch

Irish soda bread is a traditional and beloved recipe, but that does not mean you cannot have fun with it and make it your own. While the classic ingredients in Irish soda bread are all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try.

For a more health-conscious option, consider substituting some or all of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. This substitution will add more fiber and nutrients to your bread without sacrificing taste or texture.

If you have a sweet tooth, try adding 1/3 cup of sugar and some golden raisins to the mixture for an extra burst of sweetness. This bread is often known as “sweet Irish soda bread” and is perfect for those who want a treat that reminds them of their childhood.

For those who like savory flavors, try adding some chopped rosemary or thyme to the dough mixture before baking. This easy addition can elevate the flavors in the bread to new heights, making it perfect for dinner parties or special occasions.

If you want a unique twist on Irish Soda Bread, consider using corned beef in your recipe! The corned beef adds a salty and savory taste that complements the taste of the bread perfectly. Another great pairing with this dish is traditional Irish stew for an authentic St. Patrick’s Day meal!

In short, don’t be afraid to experiment with Irish Soda Bread – it’s a quick and easy bread that takes well to various modifications. Whether you make changes to make it healthier or more indulgent, this traditional quick bread recipe can handle any substitutions you throw its way. So let your creativity fly while having fun putting together delicious mixtures.

Serving and Pairing

 Just like grandma used to make
Just like grandma used to make

Irish soda bread is incredibly versatile when it comes to serving and pairing. This bread is a quick, wholesome and hearty addition to any meal. It can be served with butter, jam, honey or any spread of your choice for a simple yet satisfying snack. It’s perfect for breakfast toast or an afternoon tea-time treat.

For the more adventurous, try serving it toasted as part of a traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day feast along with corned beef, shamrocks or traditional Irish stew. The rich savory flavors of these dishes pair perfectly with the sweet and slightly tangy flavor of this hearty bread.

You can also use Irish soda bread as a base for a sandwich or as the perfect accompaniment for soups and stews. It absorbs flavors like no other bread, making it the ideal choice for dipping in liquids.

Another great way to enjoy this traditional Irish staple is to serve it alongside cheese platters. The flavor profiles of this bread go well with all types of cheese, making it an excellent pairing to explore.

No matter how you choose to serve it, Irish Soda Bread is sure to become your favorite quick and easy homemade bread recipe. Its versatility makes it perfect for any occasion or mealtime, so go ahead and give it a try!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Deliciously crusty on the outside, soft on the inside
Deliciously crusty on the outside, soft on the inside

The Irish soda bread is a quick and easy make-ahead bread that can be stored for a couple of days, depending on how it is stored. I recommend storing it in an airtight container or bag at room temperature, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. This will ensure that the bread retains its moisture and stays fresh.

If you want to keep the bread for longer, you can freeze it. Wrap the cooled bread tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it in a freezer-safe bag or container. The frozen bread can last for up to 2-3 months.

To reheat the refrigerated or frozen bread, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190°C) and bake it for 10-15 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you could slice the bread and toast it on a skillet, pan, or toaster to give it some crispiness.

If you have some leftover soda bread, you can transform it into another dish by making Irish soda French toast, croutons, or breadcrumbs. You can also add some raisins or other dried fruits to the leftover batter and bake it again for a sweet treat.

In summary, with proper storage and reheating techniques, your Irish soda bread can remain fresh and delicious even after a few days or weeks. Don’t be afraid to experiment with any leftover bread as there are numerous ways to enjoy this versatile quick bread.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The smell of freshly baked bread is my favorite
The smell of freshly baked bread is my favorite

Are you ready to make the perfect Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day? Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your soda bread will come out perfectly every time:

1. Use Buttermilk: Buttermilk is key in making an excellent Irish Soda Bread as it creates a tangy flavor and acidic environment for the baking soda to react, which helps with the rising of the dough.

2. Be Precise with Measurements: Exact measurements are important when baking, especially for soda bread. Make sure to use measuring cups and spoons for accuracy in measuring flour, buttermilk, and other ingredients.

3. Don’t Overmix the Dough: Overmixing can cause the gluten in the flour to develop too much, resulting in a dense and tough soda bread. Mix only until everything is just combined.

4. Preheat Your Oven: Preheating your oven is an essential step in achieving a golden crust and even baking of your soda bread.

5. Let the Soda Bread Rest: Once your bread comes out of the oven, let it rest on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing into it. This will let the interior finish cooking and helps prevent crumbling.

6. Get Creative with Add-Ins: While traditional Irish Soda Bread is made with just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt, there’s no reason not to mix things up by adding raisins, nuts or even cheese!

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be sure to have the perfect Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day at all!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Soda Bread recipe is a must-try, especially during St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate the day with a warm, fresh, and homemade loaf of bread that embodies the beautiful traditional flavors of Ireland. With a few simple ingredients, this recipe is a quick and easy make that anyone can easily follow.

Making this soda bread will leave you with a deep sense of satisfaction that comes from producing a beautiful loaf of bread with your own two hands. Not only does it taste amazing, but the baking process will also fill your home with the delightful smell of freshly baked bread.

So why not try surprising your family and friends by baking this soda bread on St. Patrick’s Day? Serve it alongside some corned beef, shamrock shakes or traditional Irish stew and enjoy a hearty meal with loved ones. This Irish Soda Bread recipe will undoubtedly leave you with a smile on your face and stomach full of delicious goodness.

Remember, this is not just any ordinary bread recipe; it’s an opportunity to embrace Irish culture and history through its delicious flavors. So go ahead and give it a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day Recipe

One more for the cooks. This recipe found in the Seattle Times is from T.S.McHugh's and the Ballymaloe Cookery School, in Shanagarry, Ireland. Good source, I'd say. Perfect accompaniment for a nice lamb stew on a raw not-quite-spring evening!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breads, Easy, European, Grains, Healthy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1642kcal


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2-2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour most of the milk in all at once. Using one hand, mix in the flour from the sides of the bowl, adding more milk if necessary. The dough should be soft, but not too wet and sticky.
  • When it all comes together, gather the dough onto a floured surface and form into a round loaf about 1 ½-inches thick and cut a deep cross on top and over the sides.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake 45 minutes, or until cooked though. If you are in doubt, tap the bottom of the bread. If it sounds hollow, it's done.


Serving: 789g | Calories: 1642kcal | Carbohydrates: 331.8g | Protein: 54.1g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 14.7mg | Sodium: 3978.1mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 22.9g

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