How to Make Irish Soda Bread

by Joseph Feiertag

Irish soda bread is basically a quick bread, where baking soda is used as a leavening agent instead of yeast. Traditionally, soda bread's main ingredients are flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk.


  • 4 Cups All purpose flour
  • ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Ounces Butter
  • ¾ Cups Sour cream
  • ¾ Cups Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Caraway seeds (optional)
  • 8 Ounces Dark or golden raisins
  • 9 inch baking dish
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gathered ingredients; 4 c flour in large bowl, 1/2 c sugar, 4 oz soft butter, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 6 oz milk, 6oz sour cream, 8 oz raisins.

    Step 2

    Spray baking dish and set aside.

    Step 3

    Beat 2 eggs and set aside.

    Step 4

    To the flour add; 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt.

    Step 5

    Lightly blend together.

    Step 6

    Add soft butter and blend in with hands.

    Step 7

    Add sour cream and milk.

    Step 8

    Stir together, it will be heavy and thick. At this part it doesn't have to be thoroughly blended. It will blend together nicely after the eggs are added.

    Step 9

    Add half the eggs. Stir.

    Step 10

    Add the other half of the eggs. And blend smooth. It's much easier to stir at this point.

    Step 11

    Add the raisins.

    Step 12

    Caraway seed is optional, these will give the bread a "rye-like" taste. This was a German influence from the early settlers. I like rye bread, but I am not fond of caraway with this recipe.

    Step 13

    Dump soda bread out on to a well floured work surface. Work lightly and kneed slightly just enough to shape into a soft, ball shape.

    Step 14

    Floured dough shaped ball.

    Step 15

    Place into baking dish. Using a sharp knife score deeply across the dough.

    Step 16

    Bake in the center of a preheated oven 350f.

    Step 17

    Bake approximately 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.

    Step 18

    ☘ Deliciously moist and has a delicate flavor and texture. Enjoy with plenty of fresh butter. ☘

    Step 19

    My assistant, Sophie, who sat patiently waiting for me to complete my soda bread, so we could play fetch. Thank you for taking the time to view another delicious and easy guide from me. ☘ Enjoy ❤️