Irish Soda Bread

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and my family roots, here’s a recipe for Irish Soda Bread. This was my first stab at making this bread and it turned out great. My family loved it and I loved the fact that it was so easy. Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipes include raisins or currants. Since I’m not a raisin fan, I left them out of my bread but include if you’re a fan.

I had all the ingredients in my pantry and fridge with the exception of buttermilk, so I made my own by adding lemon juice to the 2% milk in my fridge. The directions for doing this are in the recipe below. I couldn’t find my regular loaf pan so I used three mini loaf pans. The result was a soft dense bread with a nice crust. We ate one loaf warm with real butter leaving us with 2 more loaves to freeze, keep in the fridge, or better yet–share with friends with an Irish blessing.

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and may the sun shine warm upon you face”


3 cups all purpose flour

2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

3 T sugar

1 egg

2 cups buttermilk*

1/2 stick butter, melted

3/4 cups raisins (optional)

*Substitution for buttermilk–2 T. lemon juice or white vinegar then fill to the 2 cup line with milk.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes before mixing into bread


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Combine dry ingredients.  Add egg and buttermilk to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened, then stir in melted butter. Grease loaf pans and add batter. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before baking. Makes one regular size loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans. For one regular size loaf pan, bake at 325 degrees for 65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. For 3 mini loaves, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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