Irish Soda Bread

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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 on a white cutting board with a knife on the side.

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!

What is Irish Soda Bread?

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

Irish Soda Bread on a white cutting board with a knife on the side.

Irish Soda Bread

5 from 3 votes
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! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 368mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 258IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 2mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for my first time! I wanted to have it with the Irish Stew I was making on this chilly rainy day to compliment it. Both were delicious! This is added to my favorites! Moist and tasty bread!😋

  2. 5 stars
    For making St. Patrick’s Day Irish Stew, I experimented one year (many years ago) by making my stew that day with Lamb stew meat instead. Let me tell you, that made for one of the pots of stew I have ever made!! Since then, Lamb stew meat has gotten harder and harder to find. But, if I can find it, you can bet that’s what I will be serving with my Irish Soda Bread!!