Quick Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is my absolute favorite traditional foods for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve eaten all types of soda breads, some tasting sweet and light like a cake, and others that are denser and buttery. This recipe makes them just lightly sweetened and flakey, reminding me more of a giant scone than a bread. It’s soooooo great with tea or coffee. I usually slice a thick piece, slap on some butter and jam, and pat myself on the back for being a pretty classy lady.

The best part? It takes less than five minutes of your time to prepare, then goes right in the oven. There is no rising or wait time required since this bread isn’t made with any yeast. You might want to double the recipe to make two loaves at a time; Whenever I make just one, I usually eat half of it all by myself! For those with more self control than I have, one will be just fine.

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Quick and Easy Irish Soda Bread

Servings 1 8 inch loaf


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour, salt, baking soda, & baking powder together in a medium bowl. 

  2. Pour buttermilk in and gently stir. Add the raisins and stir just once more. 

  3. Pour the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough very lightly for about 2 minutes. You don’t want to over-knead it or you will lose some of the flakiness.

  4. Form it into an 8 inch round and place in a lightly greased pan. 

  5. Bake for 40 minutes, and allow to cool before slicing.