Simple Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe

Try this Irish Soda Bread recipe today! With St. Patrick’s Day almost here, I wanted to make a few traditional Irish recipes for the family.  When I came across this Irish Soda Bread recipe, I knew this was going to be a recipe that I had to try. I love breads of all sorts and breads with fruit in them are definitely high on the top of my list!

Irish Soda Bread recipe

Irish Soda Bread recipe

3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 T butter, melted
1 egg
2 cup buttermilk (see note)
8 oz package raisins
3 T caraway seeds

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter, egg, and buttermilk. Stir till well combined. Mix in the raisins and caraway seed. Pour into a greased 8″ round cake pan or an 8″x4″ loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes to one hour until top is cracked and golden. Cool on a wire rack. Makes one loaf. You can eat as is or popped it into the toaster instead.

Note:  As a frugal cooking tip, I made my own buttermilk since I didn’t have any. Just take slightly less than two cups of milk and add two tablespoons of lemon juice to it. Let it stand for 5 minutes and you have your own buttermilk. No need to run to the store to purchase buttermilk when you don’t have any.

Irish Soda Bread recipe

I found this recipe in Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Home Cooking: Favorite Family Recipes, Tips & Ideas for Delicious Comforting Food at its Best.

What are your favorite recipes for St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever tried to make Irish Soda Bread before? Try it with whipped butter for an amazing treat!


  1. I am always looking for a better Irish Soda Bread recipe each year. Thanks for sharing this, Ellen.

  2. Yummm! We just tried this recipe and it was awesome. My Irish girls were impressed,

    Thanks 😀

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