loaf of Irish Soda Bread

What inspired this Irish soda bread

I associate St. Patrick’s Day with grilled cheese and grey skies. Weird, right? My strongest St. Patrick’s Day memory from childhood comes from one year when my dad took my sister and me into Boston. It was a balmy 55°F day, warm enough to forgo our winter coats in favor of spring windbreakers. I remember walking around Boston, seeing people dressed in green everywhere we went.

Most of the day is a blur, but I do remember one part well. We were walking along the harbor. A drunk passed us in a green sweatshirt and a top hat. The pavement was wet, and the air was moist and earthy. It smelled like the beginnings of spring. Meanwhile, my sister and I were hangry. The Daaaad, we want fooood‘s were abundant. So my dad spotted the nearest food — a small stand right on the harbor — he got us each a grilled cheese.

I associate certain foods with memories: Chocolate chip cookies? School lunches. And certain memories with foods: Summer at the pool? Pizza. There are times throughout my childhood when food and memories are one in the same. 

It was white bread and bright yellow American cheese, grilled to perfection. The crusts were undoubtably slathered with butter — the best grilled cheeses are all that way. And my little hangry belly became so satisfied that I forever associate St. Patrick’s day with grilled cheese and overcast skies.

Now, today we are not featuring a grilled cheese. But we are featuring a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired recipe: Irish Soda Bread! This bread took one hour to make, and tasted like a yeasted bread — only it’s not! It’s ridiculously easy, and can be made with or without a standing mixer.

sliced loaf of Irish Soda Bread

Tips for making Irish soda bread

Skip the caraway seeds, if needed — If you don’t have caraway seeds on hand, don’t worry about it. They do add to the bread, but they aren’t necessary. You can substitute them with 1 tablespoon of orange zest for a different but equally delicious flavor.

Use legit buttermilk — There are tons of buttermilk substitutions you can find online if you’re in a pinch, but because this Irish soda bread recipe is so simple as is it’s best if you use actual buttermilk. Buttermilk gives this bread a great flavor and keeps it nice and springy.

Don’t sub whole wheat flour — Irish soda bread is fairly dense as is, so you don’t want to use wheat flour in place of all-purpose. But if you do play around with flour ratios, leave me a comment below with what you like!  

Enjoy right away — This bread is best made on the day that you’ll be eating it. And if you are just two people —or don’t want a ton of bread —this recipe can be easily halved so you end up with one loaf.

Irish Soda Bread

Last, I topped this bread with peanut butter and honey, and it was deliiiicious!

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Irish Soda Bread

  • Author: Julia Mueller
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup raisins or currants, rinsed in hot water and patted dry
  • 21/4 cups buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet using olive oil or cooking spray. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add the raisins and caraway seeds and stir well to combine.
  2. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the buttermilk into the well. Stir the buttermilk into the flour mixture, starting in the center and working your way to the outside of the bowl until a dough forms. If needed, add additional buttermilk (1 tablespoon at a time) to form the dough.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Form a large disc out of the dough. Cut the dough in half with a knife and with floured hands, form two small discs out of the dough. Using a serrated knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep square or X into each disc of dough.
  4. Place both discs of dough on the lightly-oiled baking sheet. Be sure to place the discs far apart, as they will rise while baking. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and bread tests clean when poked with a knife. Remove from the oven and allow bread to cool at least 20 minutes before slicing!

More easy bread recipes from Broma Bakery: 

Parmesan Pesto Bread

Cinnamon Apple Swirl Bread

Carrot Cake Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread

Mini Chocolate Zucchini Breads

32 comments

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KarenChristina
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Oof! I have some leftover buttermilk — must make this bread, immediately!

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Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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Gimme ALL the carbs! Love this soda bread. And I think we should all have more memories involving grilled cheeses. Because they are the best! I spy a very cute little rolling pin up there too…:-)!!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Anthro, duhhhh!

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The Blonde Chef
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Obviously you and I had a similar idea for Irish Soda bread! Yours looks completely perfect, and I am dying over that crust AND these photos! Gorgeous!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Totally! Youre looked absolutely STUNNING! Pinned them this morning 🙂

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Madeline | My Fitter Life
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This looks good and easy! I tried making bread before, but I think I didn’t let it rise enough. Will try this! Might also be tasty to add some almonds or walnuts!

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Mary Ann
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Sarah your Irish Soda Bread looks delicious! It reminds me of my Mom who always made a loaf for St. Patrick’s Day when we were growing up!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So sweet! I’m sure she has an amazing recipe

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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Ohhh YES to soda bread! I really didn’t even know soda bread was a thing until I moved to Wisconsin (weird, right?) but now I know I want it and I want it toasted and slathered in jam please and thank youuuu.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh yes oh yes. Any jam will do 🙂

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Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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I love Irish soda bread and yours looks perfect! I’ll be making a loaf of this, for sure 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Woohoo! Let me know what you think!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
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As always I love peaks into your childhood. And this bread is seriously looking too good right now!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Jocelyn! I find myself writing about it often… who knows what that means! Haha

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
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I’ve always wanted to make Irish Soda bread for St Patty’s Day. . it’s just something that needs to be done, right?! that, or grilled cheese. 🙂 which sounds equally delicious. . love this bread!!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Alice! It’s so easy, you’ve gotta do it!

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Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
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Oh my gosh, YES to bread that’s ready in an hour! It’s funny that I never really remember anything about St. Patrick’s Days in the past, but I always remember any encounters with the bar crawlers!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Isn’t it funny? Like not a year goes by when I don’t remember super drunk people

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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
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That’s pretty funny that you associate grilled cheese with St. Patrick’s Day…but it is a delicious food so that’s good! 🙂 This soda bread looks gorgeous! Love the look and texture!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I know, what can I say! Thanks, Gayle 🙂

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Jen @ Baked by an Introvert
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Your Irish soda bread looks fabulous, Sarah! I’ve always wanted to make soda bread, now I have a great recipe to try.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes, you’ve just got to! It’s so easy, no excuses 🙂

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Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
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I love Irish soda bread – made some for the blog over the weekend! Tasty and so quick to make!

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Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
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I love Irish Soda Bread! Yours looks beautiful. Happy to have stumbled across your blog and I’m looking forward to following now 🙂

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Erin@WellPlated
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I love the way the different foods can conjure memories. Irish soda bread is traditional on St. Patrick’s Day for me, so this is perfect!

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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This looks amazing and I love how quickly it’s made 🙂 Yum!

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cupcake recipes
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Irish soda bread looks like cake, can’t wait to try to bake it, 1 hour to create a great bread

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mira
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Your Irish soda bread looks amazing Sarah! I really wanted to make one, but never seemed to find a good recipe. Saving to try yours soon 🙂

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sue|theviewfromgreatisland
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Yours is the prettiest and most appealing soda bread I’ve ever seen — pinning!

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Allison
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This recipe looks great but when I tried to make it with the specified amounts of flour and buttermilk, I ended up with batter rather than dough. I added a LOT more flour to make it a texture that I could knead. Are the amounts correct? (4 cups all purpose flour and 2.25 cups buttermilk)

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Allison! Yes, those amounts are correct! Are you sure you didn’t accidentally do 3 cups flour? I know I sometimes loose count when I have multiples of something! Both I and others in my family have made this recipe with no problems. Sorry to hear it didn’t come out for you! I would try the recipe again, and possibly halve everything so you have just one loaf. Let me know how it goes!

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