Homemade Irish Soda Bread

“This recipe is from my mother, who taught me how to make it. The dough needs to rest for about an hour before getting the golden-brown crust.”

This is a traditional Irish recipe for soda bread. The dough is made with buttermilk, butter, and flour. It is then baked in the oven until golden brown.

What prompted the creation of this Irish soda bread?

Grilled cheese and dreary sky come to mind when I think about St. Patrick’s Day. Isn’t it strange? My favorite childhood St. Patrick’s Day memory is of my father taking my sister and myself to Boston for the day. It was a pleasant 55 degrees Fahrenheit, warm enough for us to ditch our winter jackets in favor of spring windbreakers. I recall seeing people dressed in green wherever we went while going around Boston.

The most of the day is a haze, but I can recall one specific event. We were strolling near the water’s edge. A alcoholic in a green sweatshirt and a top hat walked by us. The air was damp and earthy, and the pavement was wet. It smelled like spring was just getting started. My sister and I, on the other hand, were starving. The Daaaaad, we want food’s were plenty. So my father went to the closest eatery — a little kiosk right on the bay — and ordered a grilled cheese for each of us.

Certain foods bring back memories for me: chocolate chip cookies, for example. Lunches in school. And certain culinary memories: summer at the pool? Pizza. There are periods in my childhood when food and memory are inextricably linked. 

It was cooked to perfection with white bread and brilliant yellow American cheese. The crusts were undoubtedly coated with butter, as are all the greatest grilled cheeses. And my small rumbling stomach was so content that I’ll always connect St. Patrick’s Day with grilled cheese and cloudy skies.

Today, though, there will be no grilled cheese. However, we’re showcasing a dish inspired by St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread! It took an hour to create this bread, and it tasted like yeasted bread – but it wasn’t! It’s absurdly simple to make, and you can do it with or without a stand mixer.


Making Irish Soda Bread Instructions

If you don’t have caraway seeds, skip them. They certainly give flavor to the bread, but they’re not required. 1 tablespoon orange zest may be substituted for them for a different but equally excellent taste.

If you’re in a bind, there are plenty of buttermilk substitutes available, but since this Irish soda bread recipe is so basic to begin with, it’s ideal if you use real buttermilk. This bread has a terrific taste and stays lovely and springy thanks to the buttermilk.

Don’t use whole wheat flour in lieu of all-purpose – Irish soda bread is already very thick, so you don’t want to use wheat flour instead of all-purpose. However, if you do experiment with flour ratios, please let me know how it goes in the comments section below!  

Enjoy immediately away – You should make this bread on the day you plan to consume it. And if you’re just cooking for two people — or don’t want a lot of bread — this recipe can simply be halved to yield one loaf.


Last but not least, I covered this toast with peanut butter and honey, which was delicious!



  • 4 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 tablespoon powdered baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • a quarter teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon seeds of caraway
  • 1 cup raisins or currants, washed and dried in hot water
  • a cup of buttermilk (about 2–1/4 cup)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using olive oil or cooking spray, lightly oil a large baking sheet. In a large mixing basin, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. In the middle of the flour mixture, make a well. Fill the well with buttermilk. Starting in the middle of the basin and moving outwards, stir the buttermilk into the flour mixture until a dough forms. If necessary, add 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time to make the dough.
  3. Knead the dough for 1 minute on a lightly floured work surface. Form the dough into a big disc. Cut the dough in half with a knife and shape two little discs out of it using floured hands. Cut a 1/4-inch deep square or X into each disc of dough using a serrated knife.
  4. Place two dough discs on a baking sheet that has been gently greased. Because the discs will rise during baking, make sure they are widely apart. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven and cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing!

More simple bread recipes may be found at: 

Bread with Parmesan Pesto

Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Banana Bread Carrot Cake

Banana Nutella Bread

Mini Zucchini Breads with Chocolate

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To make “Irish Soda Bread publix” you need flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and butter. You also need an egg and milk. You will also need a bowl to mix the ingredients in. Reference: irish soda bread publix.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Irish Soda Bread different?

A: Irish Soda Bread is a type of bread that uses baking soda and buttermilk instead of yeast as the leavening agent.

How do you make Jamie Oliver Irish Soda Bread?

A: To make this bread you will need flour, sugar, butter and salt. You will also require yeast to rise your dough. First mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl before adding in the wet ingredients such as milk and water. Your mixture should be creamy and light when completed so that it does not sink into the bread during baking time. Pour an extra egg yolk over top of your batter for more color which is optional but recommended if you want a denser texture on the crusts of your soda bread!

Is sourdough and soda bread the same thing?

A: No. Sourdough is a type of bread that uses souring agents to leaven the dough, while soda bread does not use any sort of souring agent and tends to be denser than its counterpart.

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