Irish Soda Bread is an authentic and tasty side to accompany your St. Patrick’s Day meal. No yeast, no waiting for it to rise, super easy to make!
Irish Soda Bread
Our traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal just isn’t complete without a warm loaf of this Irish Soda Bread. It’s so easy to make that it takes no time at all and really adds to the meal. Because it’s got such a mild flavor, and there’s no yeast or rising involved, it’s an ideal bread to make any night of the week. It tastes delicious with soups and stews, sliced up with cheese melted on top, or just spread with butter and jam. Try it and see for yourself, it’s so yummy!
Irish Soda Bread is traditionally made with caraway seed, which I love. It gives the bread a unique flavor and bite to it. But if you aren’t a fan of the caraway flavor you can easily leave it out. The taste is very mild otherwise, and has a similar flavor and texture of biscuits. Originally, Irish Soda Bread was baked on griddles or in iron pots, since kitchens in old Ireland had kitchens with open hearths instead of ovens. Legend says that in Ireland, a cross was always cut on top of the loaf to ward off evil spirits and protect the household. I also think it looks pretty with the slices on top.
What to Serve with Irish Soda Bread
- Our Irish Soda Bread pairs perfectly with our Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage, our traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal.
- Serve it alongside our Irish Beef Stew. Use the crusts to dip into the stew. YUM!
- Slice the bread and use it to make a Corned Beef Sandwich.
- Whip up some delicious Shamrock Shakes and serve slices of bread as a snack after school.
- Check out our Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes post for more ideas of how to use Irish Soda Bread.
How to Make Irish Soda Bread
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and caraway seed.
- Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Mix in the egg, sour cream, and buttermilk until you have a sticky dough.
- Pour the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until soft, adding more flour as needed.
- Place dough into a 9 inch round pan (I just used a glass pie pan) and cut a deep x in the center.
- Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until a nice golden brown. Brush with a little melted butter. Cool at room temperature.