The Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Here is the Best Irish Soda Bread recipe, from the Irish Heritage cookbook. I kind of consider myself an expert on soda bread. I’ve tried numerous different recipes, here and across the pond, but this has been my favorite.

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The Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup golden raisins

1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)

Combine dry ingredients (including raisins and caraway seeds). Add in eggs, buttermilk, and oil: Stir until thoroughly mixed. Bake at 350* for 35-/+ minutes.

There are few ways to bake this bread:

1) You can either do it as a free form bread (meaning just pile it up on the center of a greased cookie sheet) and make one large (or two smaller), slightly flatter, loaves

2) Use a greased 9″ spring form pan….this will take longer to bake, closer to 50-60 minutes, but will give you a large, round, slightly higher loaf

3) Split the dough between 2 – 8″ layer cake pans and bake 30-40 minutes, this will give you 2 smaller but round loaves.




  1. Uh oh! I have to try this recipe! I tried one by Ina Garten today and it was good (and slightly different )!

    1. What one was it from Ina Garten? Never had anything bad from her…that said I’m fairly traditional when it comes to my soda bread.

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