Easy Irish Soda Bread

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe. This easy bread recipe doesn’t use yeast, and you don’t need a bread machine to make it.

Irish soda bread is a simple, yet delicious bread that is perfect for any occasion. This easy recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, and it’s ready in just 30 minutes!

The bread is perfect with a cup of hot coffee or tea, and it’s also great for dipping into soup or stew.

It’s made with sugar, flour, raisins, baking powder, baking soda, salt, caraway seeds, eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream. This is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day, or any day.

Soda bread is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, or any time you’re looking for an easy and delicious homemade bread recipe.

What is Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a type of quickbread that is popular in Ireland. The dough is made with baking soda instead of yeast, which results in a denser and crustier bread.

It can be eaten plain or topped with butter or jam.

This easy-to-make bread only requires a few simple ingredients, so it’s perfect for novice bakers.

Closeup of Irish Soda Bread with raisins.

How long does it last

Store in an air tight container for up to 3 or 4 days.

Can you freeze Irish Soda Bread

Yes. Once the bread reaches room temperature, place in an air tight container, and freeze up to 3 months.

To thaw, place on the counter until it fully thaws.

A pile of Caraway Seed on a wooden cutting board.
Caraway Seed

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 Irish Soda Bread on a wooded surface with a rolling pin next to it.
Closeup of Irish Soda bread.

Irish Soda Bread

Nesting Lane Indulge
Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe. This easy bread recipe doesn't use yeast, and you don't need a bread machine to make it. This is a great recipe for St. Patrick's Day, or any day.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8



  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Prepare a 9 inch cast iron skillet, by spraying with nonstick cooking spray, or by greasing.
  • Remove 1 tablespoon of the 4 cups of flour, and set aside for later.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add 4 cups of flour (minus the reserved 1 tablespoon), raisins, sugar, baking powder, salt, and caraway seeds.. Stir to mix well.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream. Stir to mix well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  • In the bowl, knead the dough approximately 10 times. It will be sticky, so you can flour your hands first if you would like.
  • In the prepared skillet, add the dough.
  • Pat down the dough.
  • Using a knife, slit the top of the dough approximately 4½ inches deep.
  • Using the reserved tablespoon of flour, dust the top of the dough.
  • In preheated oven, bake approximately 65 – 75 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool until it can be handled.
  • Turn out the bread from the skillet and place on a cooling rack.


Calories: 510.9kcalCarbohydrates: 99.5gProtein: 11.3gFat: 8.6gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 67.2mgSodium: 542.5mgPotassium: 388.6mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 14.7gCalcium: 163.7mgIron: 3.9mg
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