Irish Soda Bread

slice of Irish soda bread with butter

Irish Soda Bread is a hearty and sweet bread with raisins. No yeast is required, the baking soda is the leavening agent that makes the bread rise. Have this as a dinner side item or at breakfast with coffee.


4 cups flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup raisins


1. Heat oven to 375. Prepare a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt with an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low until the butter is combined.

3. Lightly beat the egg in the buttermilk and with the mixer on low speed pour into flour mixture. Mix the raisins in a tablespoon of flour and add into the dough.

4. Flour your counter-top and your hands. Dump the dough on the flour and lightly knead a few times until you get a round loaf. It will be very sticky at first so make sure you have enough flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands.

5. Place the loaf onto the baking sheet and cut an ‘X’ into the top with a serrated knife. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.


Adapted from: Barefoot Contessa

Keywords: irish soda bread, bread without yeast