Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish-inspired round quick bread recipe made with buttermilk and currants or raisins is a new take on traditional Irish soda bread.

15 min. prep time
12 servings
11511 Ratings


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk*
1/2 cup currants or raisins


Heat oven to 375°F. 

Combine all ingredients except buttermilk and currants in bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and currants just until moistened.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Shape into ball. Place onto greased baking sheet. Pat into 6-inch circle. Cut 1/2 inch deep “X” in top of dough with sharp knife.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

*Substitute 4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 1/4 cups. Let stand 5 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 180

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 360mg

Carbohydrates: 30g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 4g

Recipe #9989©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I've made this recipe numerous times over the past several years. I've found that it's not really possible (or necessary) to knead the dough on a separate surface, because it is so wet and that it just sticks to everything, even with ample dusting of flour. I also add a tablespoon of caraway seeds, and I really enjoy the flavorful end result!
My first time making Irish Soda Bread, the dough was very "wet" but the end result was a very moist and flavorful bread. My friend from Dublin loved it! I often "mix and match" recipes but I followed the exact instructions on this one noting that the commercial buttermilk used was a "lower fat" version. I made two loaves, although I replicated the recipe as opposed doubling it.
This was the best! I can't wait to make it again.
i been making this bread for about 8 years now. try it with dry cranberries and thank me later.
This is my favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe. So yummy!!!
I just finished making this, and put it in the oven. Already it smells good! And I had some of the dough, and boy was it good!
excellant. I soaked the raisins in the buttermilk. very moist
Excellent! I've made it for years and everyone loves it. Some soda breads are dry but this one is light and moist. Yummy...
Have been baking this great moist bread for the past three St. Patrick's Day meals.
This is an annual favorite for St. Patrick's day. My family loves me for it and wishes I would make it more often. Very moist. I double the recipe and make one with raisins and one without.
I omitted the raisins/currants since I was going to be serving it with soup. It was a lovely bread, very moist and crumbly.

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