Irish Soda Bread

Mar 16, 2021 | Appetizers, Food

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  What better way to celebrate than to make a loaf of Irish Soda Bread!  I was excited to find this recipe on the blog Homemade In The Kitchen as I have never made Irish Soda Bread before and had been wanting to try it.  But you know me…I made a few tweaks to her recipe and will share both for you to try.  This loaf is the perfect size for two people and will go perfectly with a fun Irish lunch I have planned.  Serve warm with a pat of butter!  Yummmmm!
Irish Soda Bread |
Recipe from Homemade In The Kitchen (See my recipe and changes in the recipe card.  Directions are the same)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1/4 cup raisins, plumped (optional)
Irish Soda Bread |

2 little noses trying to steal my Irish Soda Bread! Wonder who???

Irish Soda Bread |
Irish Soda Bread |
Irish Soda Bread |

Irish Soda Bread

A small traditional loaf made with buttermilk and plump cranberries. A perfect bread to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
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Servings: 4


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1 1/4 cups for recipe
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup flour to roll and knead the dough before going in oven


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl by hand with a spoon, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir in the buttermilk and cranberries (or raisins) until a dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 - 2 minutes. It should be soft and malleable but not overworked.
  • Pat into a 4-inch dough ball and place on the pan. Cut an X into the top with a serrated knife.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before slicing.


I added 1 1/4 cup of flour to the recipe and used the other 1/2 cup of flour to roll out my dough and knead it into a ball.  The dough ball was thoroughly covered when placed on my baking pan therefore I did not need to spray it.
I used dried cranberries instead of raisins.
To plump the raisins (if you prefer):
Place raisins in a bowl.  Pour hot water over top until raisins are completely submerged.  Let sit 5 minutes or until plumped.  Drain and pat dry before using.  

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  1. Carla Evans

    I am gonna have to try this recipe! Happy St. Patrick’s Day🍀

    • Bobbi

      Yes, try it. It was so easy to make and fast. Normally this type of bread is on the dry side but mine was not. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!


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