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Hearty and delicious Irish Soda Bread
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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is thick and hearty, with a light sweetness, and the addition of raisins adds even more flavor. The crust is the perfect amount of crispiness thanks to a baste of butter and buttermilk, and the interior moist and tender with great texture. This bread is a winner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: irish soda bread, irish soda bread recipe
Servings: 1 loaf with 8 Slices
Calories: 3988kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Kerry Gold Irish Butter softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg


  • 1 cup Raisins optional


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and Kerry Gold Irish Butter.
  • Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. And raisins if adding them.
  • Knead in a stand mixer for 5 minutes. Or turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 5-7 minutes.
  • Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Brush loaf with butter and buttermilk mixture.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, approximately 50-60 minutes. Check for doneness after 35 minutes.
  • Baste loaf with the butter and buttermilk mixture at 20 minutes and 40 minutes, while it bakes.


Calories: 3988kcal | Carbohydrates: 582g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 157g | Saturated Fat: 95g | Cholesterol: 562mg | Sodium: 4076mg | Potassium: 3408mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 82g | Vitamin A: 4985IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 1046mg | Iron: 28.7mg