Let the paddy begin! Easy and delicious Irish soda bread recipe

A ball of bread with a slice cut off sits on a wooden surface.
Kelly Fong /Staff

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some delicious and warm Irish soda bread for breakfast! Irish soda bread is a traditional bread in Ireland, and it’s extremely easy to make.  Made with basic ingredients, you can surely make this easy recipe the morning of. Just pick up some buttermilk and raisins from your local grocery store, and the rest should already be in your baking cabinet!


4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup unsalted butter

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 cup raisins  


Heat the oven to 375 F.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the butter, buttermilk and eggs. Once it’s well combined, stir in the raisins.

Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it into a round loaf. Use a knife and make an “X” in the center of the loaf. This will allow you to easily see if the bread is done cooking or not. Place the loaf into a pan and bake for about 40-55 minutes. Use a toothpick to poke the inside of the bread. If it comes out clean, then it’s ready! Allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes before eating.

An uncooked ball of dough with raisins.

Happy baking, Golden Bears! Enjoy your delicious Irish soda with some butter or citrus marmalade.

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