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Baked Irish soda bread on parchment paper on a brown cutting board,

Irish Soda Bread

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: Bread, Breakfast, Side
  • Cuisine: Irish


Traditional Irish Soda Bread that your entire family will love.  Great as toast for breakfast (if you have any leftovers). 



  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tbsp sugar, granulated
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted, cold, cut into 1/2" dice
  • Scant 1 cup buttermilk, low-fat
  • 1/2 large egg. lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Add the cubed butter.  
     flour, sugar, baking soda,and salt with cubed butter. in a metal bowl
  3. With an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, blend the mixture until the butter is mixed into the flour. 
    Flour in a metal bowl
  4. Combine the buttermilk, egg, and grated orange zest.  Add it to the flour mixture.  Blend on low speed until combined. 
    Buttermilk and orange zest with a spoon in a glass measuring cup sitting on a green place mat.
  5. Toss the raisins in a bowl with 1/2 tablespoon flour to coat the raisins.  Mix them into the flour and buttermilk mixture until they are incorporated.  Don't overmix or the dough will turn a brownish color from the raisins. 
    Raisins combined with flour
  6. The dough will be wet.
    Raisins mixed into dough
  7. Take the dough out of the mixing bowl and place it on a lightly floured board.  Knead a few minutes and shape into a round 6" in diameter loaf.  
    Round dough ball with raisins in it
  8. Using a sharp knife, make an "X" on the top of the loaf.  
    Cross slit on top of a dough ball that contains raisins
  9. Bake in 350 ° F oven for 40 minutes until lightly brown and a cake tester comes out clean.  The loaf will have a hollow sound when you tap it.  
    Baked Irish soda bread on parchment paper on a brown cutting board,
  10. Let cool on a baking rack.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Leftovers should be tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container.  
    Sliced Irish soda bread on a brown cutting board