Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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This Irish soda bread recipe has been in Patty’s family for years. It’s a tad sweeter than your typical Irish soda bread, making it that much more delectable and flavorful. While Irish bread has a reputation for being dry and bland, this recipe is sweet and irresistible.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Why this Recipe Works

This Irish soda bread has a sweet and crumbly exterior with a tender interior. While most Irish bread is traditionally on the dryer side, It’s more moist when it’s freshly baked and served right out of the oven. Serving warm with honey and butter alongside corned beef hash is a phenomenal and tasty pairing that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Looking for more delicious Irish recipes? try my Irish coffee recipe and my skillet shepherd’s pie.

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Raisins
  • Whole milk
  • Rum or Irish whiskey

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

Step 1.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2.

Soak raisins in a small bowl with a splash of rum or Irish whiskey, set aside.

Step 3.

Mix sugar, baking powder, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Slice butter and work into dry ingredients with a spoon (do not melt butter). Add strained raisins and mix well. The mixture should be crumbly.

Step 4.

Make a hole in the center of the mixture and add eggs and milk. Stir with a butter knife until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the sides of the bowl.

Step 5.

Toss onto a well-floured surface and with floured hands, knead lightly until a soft ball is formed.

Step 6.

Place in a greased 9-10 inch cast iron skillet. Make a cross on the top of the loaf and brush with milk or beaten egg for extra shininess.

Step 7

Sprinkle top with sugar and bake at 375°F for 10 minutes, then at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. It’s done when golden brown on the top and a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm with butter and a cold Guinness.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to make this recipe in a skillet?

No, you can follow this recipe and make two smaller uniform circular loaves on a standard baking sheet. The recipe makes 1 larger loaf.

What is the best way to serve Irish soda bread?

We like to search Irish bread warm with soft butter and a drizzle of honey. It’s delicious for breakfast too.

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Servings: 2 loaves
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Traditional Irish bread is a must have on Saint Patrick’s Day. A slightly sweeter, and way more delicious Irish bread than you’re used to.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter or shortening, room temp
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • Rum or Irish whiskey for soaking raisins, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Soak raisins in a small bowl with a splash of rum or Irish whiskey, set aside.
  • Mix sugar, baking powder, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Slice butter and work into dry ingredients with a spoon (do not melt butter). Add strained raisins and mix well. The mixture should be crumbly.
  • Make a hole in the center of the mixture and add eggs and milk. Stir with a butter knife until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the sides of the bowl.
  • Toss onto a well-floured surface and with floured hands, knead lightly until a soft ball is formed.
  • Place in a greased 9-10 inch cast iron skillet. Make a cross on the top of the loaf and brush with milk or beaten egg for extra shininess.
  • Sprinkle top with sugar and bake at 375°F for 10 minutes, then at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. It's done when golden brown on the top and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with butter and a cold Guinness.

Notes

The dough can be divided into two equal loaves and alternatively baked on a greased baking sheet, baked the same way.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 30.1gProtein: 3.3gFat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 137mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 12.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side
Cuisine: Irish
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My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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