An Irish Soda Bread recipe that is simple and delicious. A St. Paddy’s day tradition that’s easy enough to be part of any day. You do not need any yeast for this recipe. It rises from a combination of buttemilk and baking soda going from a handful of ingredients to warm crusty bread in less than an hour.


1 3/4 C. buttermilk

1 egg

4 C. plus 2 T. flour, plus extra bench flour

2 T. sugar

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

2 t. caraway seeds (optional)

5 T. good quality butter, very cold small dice in 1/4″ cubes

1/2 C. raisins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or 10″ cast iron pan. I used an enamel pan and it worked great.

Combine buttermilk and egg and set aside.

In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. Add cold butter into mixture and let crumble together for about 45-60 seconds. Add buttermilk mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix. Fold in raisins. Remove from bowl and place on a clean work surface lightly dusted with flour. Just work dough enough to bring it into a small rough ball. It will not be very smooth and that’s okay. Place in prepared pan and score an “X” in the center.

Place bread in oven and bake for about 45 minutes until cooked through. Let rest 5-10 minutes.

Enjoy as is warm or lightly buttered with a cup of coffee. This Irish Soda Bread recipe is so easy you will love it on St. Paddy’s and in the weeks to come.

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