Bonus Post: Irish Soda Bread

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St.Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and there’s still time to make this Irish Soda Bread! Though traditionalists will tell you that what we call Irish soda bread bears little resemblance to the traditional Irish bread developed in the 1800s, one thing hasn’t changed — butter is always slathered on the finished product liberally. :)

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest
  • 5-6 ounces raisins
  • For basting: 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a large baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cut in 1/2 cup butter.
  • Stir in 1 cup buttermilk, egg, vanilla. Add raisins and orange zest.


  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round loaf and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush loaf with mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an X into the top of the loaf.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Continue to brush the loaf with butter mixture every 15 minutes.

Image-188 This recipe was adapted from


16 responses

  1. Your timing is perfect! When I asked my husband what he would like me to make for St. Patrick’s Day, his response was Irish Soda Bread. Your recipe looks delicious! I’m glad someone else likes it slathered with butter.

  2. I am embarrassed to say that I purchased one this year thinking it would be a time saver. Yours of course looks SO much better !!!!!!

  3. Too late – none left at #3! :-)

    Your Irish soda bread was just delicious; I also enjoyed the subtle orange zest flavor in it – a nice addition.

  4. Do you know why you put an X on the bread before you bake it? Bakers will say its to make the bread cook evenly BUT my Irish Grandma said its to let the devil( or faerie evils) out ;)

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