Irish Soda Bread Recipe – a St. Patrick’s Day Tradtion

My step dad used to always brag about being The Real McCoy. I guess technically it was true since his last name was McCoy but he took it a bit far. He was always proud of his Irish heritage and incorporated Irish tradition into any occasion possible. You can only imagine how St. Patrick’s Day went down around our house. Irish Soda Bread was always a staple on St. Patrick’s Day as was Irish Coffee on New Years. He was the only father I knew so I try to continue these traditions with my family.


I was going through one of his old recipe boxes last week trying to plan out our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and happened upon his Irish soda Bread recipe. He always took so much pride in making this traditional Irish bread so I wanted to do the same. I wanted to make something that would match his Irish Soda Bread in flavor but still be mine.


When my step dad made the Soda Bread he used a traditional recipe with only 4 ingredients. His recipe makes an amazing bread but I like a little more depth to mine. I added in a few tablespoons of sugar and some raisins to make a bread my entire family will enjoy. The sugar and raisins can be easily omitted for a more traditional Irish Soda Bread.


If you’re looking for something easy and tasty for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this Irish Soda Bread is for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 Have You Ever Made Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Irish
Author: Amber
  • 3 cups sifted flour (cake or pastry flour works best since they’re softer)
  • 2 – 4 tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you want it – or omit it all together)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup raisins (leave these out for a more traditional soda bread)
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together well. Stir in the raisins and milk.
  2. Mix together to form a sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth (8 – 10 times – don’t over knead.)
  4. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and add the dough. Spread the dough out in the pan.
  5. Score the dough with a large “X” on the top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the bread from the oven. Serve with your Irish meal.
This bread needs to be consumed within 1 or 2 days – it will [b]not [/b]keep.


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@ParentPalace - February 20, 2013

Irish Soda Bread Recipe – a St. Patrick’s Day Tradtion:

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Isra {TheFrugalette} - February 21, 2013

This is so easy! I’m not big on raisins, but I have everything in my pantry right now, I totally want to try this! Do you know why they call is “soda” bread? It’s a cool name!

    Amber - February 21, 2013

    It is ridiculously easy! It’s called soda bread because it uses the baking soda to “rise” the bread instead of yeast 🙂

Leslie - February 24, 2013

I’ve always thought Irish soda bread looked delicious, but I’ve never had it before! Your recipe sounds wonderful!

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Maria - February 26, 2013

Oh your Irish Soda bread looks delicious!!!! How beautiful! Baked to perfection!

Dennise - February 26, 2013

Your stepdad’s recipe is quite traditional and what purists would say is the “real deal”. My great-gramma made it with a very coarse ground wheat, salt, baking soda and “sour” milk (vinegar in whole milk to make sour or “buttermilk”). It is very rustic and hearty, and really tasty loaded with butter. She was born in Ireland and we drank Irish tea with her and shared this bread, and I have wonderful memories of her and those times. That being said, the raisin addition along with the sugar is my preferred way to make soda bread! Gramma would have called that version “cake” lol!

hsmominmo - February 27, 2013

I’ve always wanted to try Irish Soda Bread for St Pat’s day – just might get it done this year – thank you for the recipe!
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Meghan @makesomethingdaily - February 28, 2013

I love Irish soda bread – thanks for the great recipe – I’ve pinned it for St. Pats Day.

Megan - March 1, 2013

Sounds delicious! 🙂

Stephanie - March 1, 2013

Oh my goodness!!! This looks amazing! I wish I had a loaf made right now!! 🙂 Pinning this to make for St. Pat’s!!!

Dawn - March 2, 2013

I love bread and this looks really good!


April @ Angel's Homestead - March 4, 2013

Love this! I’d like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.

Hope to see you there 🙂


@MryJhnsn from iNeedaPlaydate - March 4, 2013

I love Irish soda bread especially with cheddar cheese and apple slices (minus the sugar and raisins). I have not made this in years but think I will now – thanks!

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s day! I have never made anything like this before, but I am going to try it!

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Susan in VA - March 17, 2013

Thanks for this recipe. I made two loaves – one plain and one with raisins and a Tbs of caraway seeds. We had the plain one with dinner last night and my husband ate half the loaf! Seal of approval! The loaves didn’t rise as much as I expected. I know it’s supposed to be dense, and it does taste like the real deal (or what we had in Ireland), but I wish it had risen a little more. I suspect my problem is old baking powder. I will definitely try again next year with a newer can of powder. Happy St. Pats!

Lannie Bartlett - March 18, 2013

I made this recipe for my family for St. Patrick’s Day. I made it with sugar but without the raisins. Was able to serve 9 people with it. It was such a big hit that I’m sorry I didn’t make two loaves. Great stuff!

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Debra Lenz - March 11, 2015

I have been making this for years but I use currants instead of raisins. Also sometimes I add a little grated lemon peel to serve with my breakfast tea.

Joanne Clark - March 18, 2015

I am vegan….. Can coconut milk be substituted for the buttermilk?

barbara - March 18, 2015

Great recipe!!

Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood - February 28, 2016

The first itme I had soda bread was a few years ago when a coworker brought it in on St. Patrick’s day – and now I love it! Can’t wait to try it out myself!

Courtney - March 2, 2016

I love Irish soda bread. Yours looks gorgeous! 🙂

Chelc | Inside the Fox Den - March 4, 2016

What a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

Cynthia Rusincovitch - March 7, 2016

What a gorgeous loaf of bread! I’ve never had Irish Soda Bread but I suppose now would be the perfect time to try it! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

Eve - March 18, 2016

Sorry to burst ur bubble but my father was making this current bread 50years ago he also made brown and white soda bread

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