Easy Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Everyone is Irish for one day in March and a loaf of this easy Irish Soda Bread is a worthy addition to any St. Patrick's Day meal! This traditional recipe calls for mostly pantry items, with a handful of raisins and caraway seeds tossed in for a sweet and savory texture and flavor.
Course Ingredient, Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword irish soda bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 362kcal
Author Erica


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter chopped
  • 1 cup golden raisins optional
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds optional
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a 12-inch cast iron pan or a baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Massage in the cold butter with your fingers until a coarse meal is formed. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds, if using.
  • Make a well in the center of the ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. Use a large spoon to mix until a soft dough is formed. (You may need to add a bit of flour if the dough is too wet.)
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, kneading briefly before forming it into a round loaf. Place it in the prepared cast iron skillet.
  • Flatten the dough slightly, then use a sharp knife to cut a cross on the top. Bake for about 35-45 minutes (the cast iron will take a bit longer), until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack, then serve warm with butter.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3.3mg