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.  
  3. With an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, blend the mixture until the butter is mixed into the flour. 
  4. Combine the buttermilk, egg and grated orange zest.  Add it to the flour mixture.  Blend on low speed until combined. 
  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. 
  6. The dough will be wet.
  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.  
  8. Using a sharp knife, make an “X” on the top of the loaf.  
  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.  
  10. Let cool on a baking rack.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Leftovers should be tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container.