Memories of St. Patrick’s Day as a child always included a dinner at my Nana’s house. It was the traditional corned beef dinner with boiled potatoes, onions and cabbage. I loved it then and still do now. But my favorite part of the holiday feast is the Irish Soda Bread. I still remember the first time I made this recipe for a family party, forgot to pack it, and then enjoyed it with our own family and noticed how much the kids like it too.

Delicious Irish Soda Bread for Saint Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread Recipe


Easy Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: bread


  • 3-1/4 cups flour
  • cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup 1 stick cold butter
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup raisins optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk flour, ⅓ cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  • Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add buttermilk and raising; mix just until moistened.
  • Place dough on floured surface; knead until fully combined.
  • Shape into a loaf in an oval shape.
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Cut deep ½-inch "X" in top of dough.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Enjoy.
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