I really don’t know much about Irish Soda Bread, but I do know there are many, many variations.  This is an easy recipe that was given to me by a friend and I think it’s delicious!  It is mildly sweet and moist with a soft, dense crumb.




  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or add 1 tbsp. lemon juice to regular milk)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter mixed with 1/4 cup buttermilk, for brushing the loaf top while baking.


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and mix until blended. Mix in buttermilk alternately with dry ingredients. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.

  3. Pat dough with additional flour if dough is too wet, and shape into a circle. Place in a 9" round greased and floured pan. Cut an "x" across the top and brush the loaf with the melted butter/buttermilk. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, brushing the top every 15 minutes or so.

I did not include the raisins or caraway seeds, and it tastes great.

Hope you give it a try and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!