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Easy Irish Soda Bread

Just in time St. Patrick’s Day!  Traditional, yet ridiculously easy Irish Soda Bread recipe,
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: breads
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: irish soda bread
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 1266kcal


  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup currants raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2-1 tbs caraway seeds OPTIONAL
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease. Set aside.
  • Rinse whatever dried fruit you are using in a strainer under hot water. Place on paper towel to absorb excess water.
  • In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fit with dough hook and mix dry ingredients for about 1 minute.
  • Add the fruit and caraway seeds if using. With mixer running, add the buttermilk gradually--using only enough to form a soft dough (I had to use the whole 2 cups of buttermilk). Knead for 1 minute.
  • Turn out the dough on a well-floured surface and shape into 2 rounds and place on prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an "x" about 1/4-inch deep on each loaf. Sprinkle with additional flour if desired.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Makes 2 round loaves.


Serving: 1loaf | Calories: 1266kcal | Carbohydrates: 250g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1842mg | Potassium: 1843mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 646mg | Iron: 5mg