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Irish Soda Bread

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Irish


  • 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


  • Mix the dry ingredients together well. Stir in the raisins and milk.
  • Mix together to form a sticky dough.
  • Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth (8 - 10 times - don't over knead.)
  • Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and add the dough. Spread the dough out in the pan.
  • Score the dough with a large "X" on the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.
  • 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 not keep.