This easy Irish Soda Bread recipe is perfect to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t have to wait for the dough to rise and it is ready in just 40 minutes!
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Irish Soda Bread is a “quick bread” that was originally made in Ireland with very basic ingredients: flour, baking soda (used instead of yeast), buttermilk, and salt. Before baking, it is said that a cross was cut into the top of the bread to ward off the devil and protect everyone in the home.
My recipe uses the classic baking soda for the “soda bread.” But it swaps in yogurt instead of buttermilk, which you will find in many traditional recipes. It also packs in a ton of flavor from the raisins and the caraway seeds!
Why we love this recipe
- You don’t need to wait for the dough to rise!
- Ready in 40 minutes.
- Delicious to enjoy as breakfast, a snack, or with a cup of tea!
Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread
To make this easy Irish Soda Bread recipe you will need:
- Baking Soda
- Caraway Seeds
- Plain Yogurt
Absolutely! Remove them from the recipe and follow the rest of the recipe for raisin-free bread!
Yes! Just swap out butter and put margarine in its place.
Other Irish Recipes
If you like this Irish Soda Bread Recipe, you might be interested in some of these other recipes that are also great for St. Patrick’s Day!
This recipe was originally shared in 2012 but has since been updated.
- 2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 tablespoons baking soda
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 8 ounces of plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Milk
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix your flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
- Add in your melted butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.
- Next, add in your caraway seeds and yogurt.
- Finally, stir in your raisins.
- Knead the dough until smooth.
- Shape into a large ball and then flatten slightly.
- Using a sharp knife, cut an "X" into the top.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush the top with milk.
- Bake in 350° oven for 35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cook on wire rack.