Delicious Irish Soda Bread Recipe for Your Baking Adventure

Picture this: you’re curled up in a cozy blanket, listening to the rain tapping against your window, and the aroma of freshly baked bread wafts through your home. There’s no better feeling than that, right? Well, I’ve got the solution for you – Sally’s Irish soda bread recipe.

This recipe is the perfect mix of simple and satisfying. It’s a traditional Irish soda bread recipe that Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction has adapted for us to enjoy in our own homes. You don’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients; all you need is a mixing bowl, a few pantry staples, and an oven.

When I first discovered this recipe, I was hooked. The crusty exterior combined with the soft, fluffy interior makes for the perfect bite every time. Plus, it’s versatile enough to enjoy with sweet or savory dishes.

Trust me when I say that once you try this recipe, it’ll become a staple in your kitchen. So let’s grab our aprons and get ready to bake some delicious Irish soda bread!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sally's Irish Soda Bread
Sally’s Irish Soda Bread

There are many reasons why I fell in love with Sally’s Irish Soda Bread recipe, and why I’m sure you’ll love it too!

First and foremost, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. As someone who doesn’t consider themselves particularly skilled in the kitchen, I found that Sally’s step-by-step instructions were clear and concise. And even if you’re a seasoned baker, this recipe won’t take up hours of your day – you can have it whipped up and in the oven within 10 minutes!

But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it lacks flavor. Quite the opposite, actually! This bread is dense, hearty, and has a slightly sweet taste thanks to the addition of raisins and sugar. It’s perfect as a side to a savory stew or soup, but I won’t judge you if you want to slather some butter on it and enjoy it on its own (trust me, it’s that good).

Another reason to love this recipe is its adaptability. While Sally’s recipe calls for caraway seeds, you could easily swap them out for another spice or leave them out entirely if they’re not your thing. And if you don’t have buttermilk on hand (I never do), Sally offers up an easy substitution using common pantry staples like milk and vinegar.

Lastly, there’s something special about a bread recipe that has been passed down through generations. This traditional Irish soda bread will transport you straight to the Emerald Isle with every bite. And when you make this bread for your family and friends, you’ll be carrying on a legacy of delicious baking.

So whether you’re an experienced baker or a newbie like myself, I promise that Sally’s Irish Soda Bread will become a staple in your home.

Ingredient List

 Fresh out of the oven, this Irish soda bread is waiting to be served with a cup of tea or a bowl of soup.
Fresh out of the oven, this Irish soda bread is waiting to be served with a cup of tea or a bowl of soup.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Sally’s delicious Irish Soda Bread:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of sour milk (to make sour milk, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to regular milk)
  • 1 cup of raisins

Note that caraway seeds are a traditional ingredient in Irish soda bread, but this recipe doesn’t include them. You can add them if you like the taste.

The Recipe How-To

 A slice of this hearty soda bread can transport you straight to the Irish countryside.
A slice of this hearty soda bread can transport you straight to the Irish countryside.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to get baking! Follow these simple steps to create Sally’s Irish Soda Bread:

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C).

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

In a large bowl, mix 4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of salt.

Step 3: Add butter

Cut in 1/2 cup of butter until the mixture has the consistency of a coarse meal.

Step 4: Add raisins and cornmeal

Now, stir in 1/2 cup of raisins and mix in some cornmeal until it has a slightly gritty texture.

Step 5: Mix wet ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 large egg, 1 and a quarter cups of buttermilk, and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 6: Combine wet and dry ingredients

Gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, stirring constantly.

Step 7: Knead and shape the dough

Prepare a lightly floured surface to knead the dough for about ten minutes. When that is done, make a round-shaped bread by shaping it into a ball.

Step 8: Cut an ‘X’ on top

Place the ball-shaped dough on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Then use a sharp knife to cut an “X” shape on top.

Step 9: Bake

Put the bread in the preheated oven and bake for about half an hour; check if it’s finished by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, then your Irish Soda Bread is ready!

This recipe produces a traditional Irish soda bread, made with simple ingredients and no yeast, that is perfect for breakfast or as a side dish for lunch or dinner.

Substitutions and Variations

 With its crispy crust and fluffy texture, this bread is a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.
With its crispy crust and fluffy texture, this bread is a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

While traditional Irish soda bread usually contains only a few simple ingredients, there are some additions and substitutions you can make to tailor the recipe to your own taste preferences.

For instance, if you prefer a sweeter bread, you can add a tablespoon or two of honey or molasses to the mixture. Alternatively, if you want a more savory bread, try adding a teaspoon of caraway seeds or chopped fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.

If you don’t have sour milk or buttermilk on hand, you can easily make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of regular milk and letting it sit for a few minutes until it curdles. This will create the acidic environment needed to activate the baking soda in the recipe.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with cake flour for a softer texture. Additionally, you can use gluten-free flour blends as an alternative.

Whatever variations and substitutions you decide to make, just remember to follow the basic ratio of dry ingredients to wet ingredients and adjust accordingly for consistency. Get creative and experiment with your own versions of this classic recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Don't forget the butter! Slather it on thick for an extra indulgent treat.
Don’t forget the butter! Slather it on thick for an extra indulgent treat.

Congratulations on baking your delicious Irish soda bread! Now it’s time to enjoy your homemade creation with your family or friends. One of the best things about Irish soda bread is how versatile and flavorful it is, making it an excellent accompaniment to a variety of dishes.

When serving Irish soda bread, I recommend cutting it into thick slices and serving them warm with a generous slather of butter. The butter melts beautifully into the bread, giving it an irresistible richness and depth of flavor.

Irish soda bread is perfect for breakfast or brunch, served alongside scrambled eggs or omelets. You can also pair it with soups and stews, as its heartiness complements the warmth of any soup. A classic pairing is serving Irish soda bread with potato soup, making for a comforting and hearty meal.

But that’s not all – you can also incorporate Irish soda bread into other dishes like French toast or even as a base for mini pizzas. The possibilities are endless!

To fully enjoy the taste of Irish soda bread, I recommend serving it alongside a cup of tea or coffee. It’s a perfect way to savor the flavors and warmth of this traditional Irish bread.

In summary, your homemade Irish soda bread pairs well with a range of dishes and can be incorporated into sweet or savory recipes. Serve it warm with butter along with tea or coffee for the ultimate indulgence that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Ireland!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Pairing perfectly with cheese and cured meats, this soda bread is a charcuterie board must-have.
Pairing perfectly with cheese and cured meats, this soda bread is a charcuterie board must-have.

If you are planning on making Sally’s Irish Soda Bread in advance, it’s important to know how best to store it. This bread is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven but can still be delicious after a few days.

If you plan to make it ahead of time, let the bread cool completely before wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It’s then safe to store it at room temperature for up to two days.

For longer storage, place the wrapped bread in the refrigerator where it can last for up to a week. If you are storing your soda bread in the refrigerator, it’s best to reheat it before serving by placing it in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 10-15 minutes.

Another option is to slice and freeze the bread for up to three months. To do this, wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight bag or container.

When reheating frozen soda bread slices, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for an hour. Then simply reheat them in a toaster or oven until they are warm.

Remember, homemade soda bread does not have preservatives so consuming it within a reasonable timeframe is best for optimal taste and texture.

Tips for Perfect Results


Sally’s Irish Soda Bread recipe is a delicious traditional Irish bread made with simple ingredients. Here are some tips to follow for perfect results every time you make this bread.

1. Use Cake Flour: For best results, use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. This will give the bread a tender crumb and a fine texture.

2. Work Quickly: When making the bread dough, work quickly and avoid overmixing the ingredients. This will help prevent the bread from becoming tough and dense.

3. Don’t Overwork the Dough: While kneading the dough, be careful not to overwork it. Overkneading can cause the gluten strands to break down and result in a tough bread.

4. Use Cornmeal: When baking Soda Bread, using cornmeal on the bottom of the baking sheet before putting the dough on it, will help prevent sticking and give it a nice crunch.

5. Cut Butter into Small Pieces: When cutting cold butter into flour, cut it into small pieces to ensure even distribution throughout your dough.

6. Add Caraway Seeds: For an authentic Irish flavor, add a teaspoon of caraway seeds to your dough before baking.

7. Use a Cast-Iron Skillet: Baking your soda bread in a cast-iron skillet will help create a crispy crust and keep it moist inside.

8. Store Properly: To keep your soda bread fresh, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or in the fridge for up to five days.

By following these tips, you can make sure that your Sally’s Irish Soda Bread turns out perfectly every time!


As you’re preparing the Sally’s Irish Soda Bread recipe, it’s not uncommon to have some questions and doubts. Fear not! In this section, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this bread recipe. Read on to find out more and to ensure that your baking experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Is there a difference between soda bread and Irish soda bread?

To achieve a true Irish soda bread, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients used. In the US, soda breads tend to include caraway seeds and raisins, while these are typically not found in traditional Irish soda bread recipes.

What is the key ingredient in Irish soda bread that makes it different from other breads?

When preparing soda bread, the distinctive texture comes from the combination of sour milk and baking soda, which creates tiny carbon dioxide bubbles within the dough. Additionally, the shape of soda bread has historical significance in British culinary customs.

Why did my Irish soda bread fall apart?

Have you ever wondered why your soda bread turns out crumbly? One possible reason could be the improper amount of flour and buttermilk used in the recipe. If too much flour is added or too little buttermilk, it can cause the bread to be too dry and crumble easily. To avoid this, make sure to accurately measure the flour by spooning and leveling it rather than packing it into the measuring cup.

What is traditional Irish soda bread made of?

One of the key components in making classic Irish soda bread includes using flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk has an acidic property that interacts with the baking soda’s base, creating the bread’s characteristic rise. This distinctive leavening reaction is the reason behind the bread’s name: soda bread.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, try out Sally’s Irish Soda Bread recipe, and you’ll have a delightful and authentic taste of traditional Irish baking. This recipe is versatile and easy to follow, with plenty of room for your personal touch. You can make this bread with or without raisins, add caraway seeds or experiment with a different flavor by subbing in different types of vinegar.

Best of all, this bread goes well with almost anything, so don’t hesitate to pair it with your favorite soup, stew or hearty dinner entree. The possibilities are endless!

So go ahead and give Sally’s Irish Soda Bread recipe a try – You’ll be glad you did! Also remember that baking is an art and requires practice, patience, and the right ingredients. Use this recipe as a guideline but don’t hesitate to tweak it to suit your preferences. Join the Breadit community and keep experimenting with other baking recipes until you become an expert artisan baker able to bake any type of bread. Happy Baking!

Sally's Irish Soda Bread

Sally’s Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Sally was an old Irish neighbor who promised me that this recipe was so easy that even "non-Irish" people like me could make it. She was right! Now I can also celebrate St. Pat's Day with some yummy soda bread!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, European, Healthy, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1987.6kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2-1 cup raisins (soak in hot water and squeeze)
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)


  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.
  • Cut in butter until consistency of cornmeal.
  • Add raisins to mix.
  • Add vinegar to milk to make sour milk.
  • Mix egg into sour milk.
  • Pour milk mixture into flour mixture just until flour is wet.
  • Do not overmix!
  • Grease a cast iron skillet or loaf pan with Pam or butter.
  • Pour mixture into pan.
  • Take a knife and slash an X down the middle of batter.
  • Bake at 350-375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


Serving: 695g | Calories: 1987.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 325.9g | Protein: 40.8g | Fat: 60.5g | Saturated Fat: 35.3g | Cholesterol: 359.1mg | Sodium: 1855.1mg | Fiber: 9.4g | Sugar: 110.5g

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