Irish Soda Bread


Unlike a yeast bread, this famous Irish quick bread requires no long-rise. It's a perfect accompaniment to corned beef and cabbage or just smeared with Irish butter. Slideshow: More Bread and Biscuits Recipes 

Irish Soda Bread
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seed

  • Kosher salt (2)

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, caraway seed, and 2 teaspoons salt. Stir in the raisins and the buttermilk until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 6 minutes. Form the dough into a disk and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut an X into the dough, then brush with the butter.

  3. Bake the bread until golden and hallow-sounding when tapped, about 40 minutes. Let the bread cool completely, about 2 hours, then serve.

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