How to Make Irish Soda Bread

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 How to Make Irish Soda Bread

Can we can have a mature conversation about how you should drop everything right now and bake this rad Irish Soda Bread? Like don’t even go to work, walk your dog, or put on pants. Just. Bake. Dis. Crunk. Loaf.

 How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

Your butter needs a companion and your face needs some comfort.

 How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

This recipe is a classic take on traditional Irish Soda Bread. Traditional Irish Soda bread is made with bread flour, buttermilk, and baking soda instead of yeast. No yeast = no wondering if yeastly creatures are alive and active = no waiting for bread dough to rise = super quick slam bam thank you ma’am bread. Many people add raisins (or currants) and caraway seeds for some extra stellar flavor, which is just bril. Like, don’t skip the raisins and caraway seeds.

I know what you’re thinking…


Or not. Whatever’s your jam.

I used my gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of bread flour, and it turned out magnificently. You’d never know thee difference! You can also use regular all-purpose flour – doesn’t need to be fancy!

 How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

Let’s explore the possibilities with this bread for a minute. No brainer: bake it for St. Patrick’s Day to go alongside your Shepherd’s Pie…or just any dang day you please. My other Irish soda thoughts consist of every sandwich ever (turkey, bacon, avo!), French toast, French onion soup, bread pudding, bruschetta, butter, jam, and personalized pizza. Open-faced breakfast sandinger with all the eggs, bacon, and salsa con carne asada. Ugh stop making me hungry, you menace.

Wah wah wah wait….look at this:

Breakfast Toasts with Soft Boiled Egg and Avocado on Irish Soda Bread

I’ve been breakfasting like a champ by toasting up hearty slices of Irish soda bread, slathering them in butter, layering them with avocado, and topping them with soft boiled eggs and sunflower seeds. Just.Whoa for your facetrap. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t drizzled the whole dang thing in maple syrup, because: blood sugar.

Back to my soda story.

 How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

I’ve been whipping up How To Tutorials for, and this project was absolutely spectacular. I’ll be posting teasers on here every once in a while to the recipes I make. So get ye some carbs! Head over to eHow for my tutorial on How To Make Irish Soda Bread or simply follow the recipe below.

Questions? Hit me up style!

How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves Irish Soda Bread
Author: Julia


  • 4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour + more for dusting
  • 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
  • 2-1/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 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. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  2. Pour the buttermilk into the well.
  3. 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 (2 tablespoons at a time) to form the dough.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Form a large disc out of the dough.
  5. Cut the dough in half with a knife and with floured hands, form two small discs out of the dough.
  6. Using a serrated knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep X into each disc of dough.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Place Irish Soda Bread on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut slices 1 to 1.5 inches thick. Slather with butter/and or jam and enjoy alongside your favorite entree!

How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

How to Make Irish Soda Bread - a classic recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

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  1. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    Um hiiiiii what an awesome gig you have writing for eHow! Checked it out and your photos per usual are perfect! I haven’t had soda bread in yearssss and I blame alltheyeast because I can’t get enough of bread making and torturing myself waiting for it to rise. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster. After seeing this I definitely need it in my life. You sold me with the raisins and caraway seeds. Pinned.

  2. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    Gah! I just love you ( bake. dis. crunk. loaf.) ha!! Seriously I’m making this bread (gluten-full because that’s my jam) but I’m telling you I think it’s genius that you did the gf version! Anyhoo LOVE love love!

  3. Joanne

    I have memories of dry and bland Irish soda bread ingrained in my memory…but this is really the opposite of that bread! Looks SO moist! The way good bread should be.


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