irish soda bread

Craig DeSilva
March 17, 2020

If you think baking bread is too complicated, you’re in luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Irish soda bread doesn’t require yeast.


  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for kneading)
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  

In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until coarse crumbs form. Stir in raisins.

Add wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly with floured hands to moisten all of the flour. Add a little more flour if dough is too sticky. Shape into a 10-inch round and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Score an X on top of loaf with a sharp knife. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Cool 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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