Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for Beginners: Not Irish? Who Cares! by Donna John

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for Beginners: Not Irish? Who Cares!

Let's bake! This is an easy Irish soda bread recipe that even first-time bakers can make. Promise! The Irish bread recipe has just a few ingredients, easy prep and bakes up in no time.

All you will need to make this Irish soda bread recipe is all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, butter, raisins and buttermilk. The ingredients are mixed together to form a dough, then you knead it very briefly for form a smooth ball of dough. The dough is baked on a baking sheet in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until it sounds hollow when thumped.

What's more festive on St. Patrick's Day than Irish soda bread? Make this bread part of your St. Patrick's day menu along with colcannon, corned beef and cabbage and Irish apple cake. And don't forget the green beer or cucumber gimlet. But don't wait until St. Patrick's Day to make this easy homemade bread recipe. This is one bread you'll want to add to your weekend baking therapy rotation.

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Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10


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Recipe Notes

  • Don't like raisins? Leave them out!
  • Store the bread in an airtight container or plastic food storage bag to keep it fresher longer.
  • You could cover the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Here's how you make it:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into the flour until it looks like cornmeal.
  3. Stir in raisins.
  4. Add the buttermilk and egg. Mix well until you have a stiff dough.
  5. Dust your hands and your work surface with some flour. Knead the dough to form a ball.
  6. Shape the dough into a round loaf. Do not over-knead the dough.
  7. With a sharp knife, cut an X into the top of the loaf.
  8. Put the loaf onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven until the loaf sounds hollow, about 30 to 40 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 330

Total Fat: 6.3g

Saturated Fat: 3.4g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 394mg

Total Carbohydrate: 62g

Dietary Fiber: 1.7g

Total Sugars: 22g

Protein: 7.4g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 40mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 170mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This sounds easy and delicious, Donna John !
Love Irish soda bread 🍀
Terri Kendrick
I might give this a try for St. Patty's Day!

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