Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is with us again and time to knock up a loaf or two of traditional Irish Soda Bread. Of course, you do not have to wait until March 17 each year as you can enjoy this delicious quick bread all the year round.

The soda in the name is there because the recipe uses bicarbonate of soda in place of yeast.

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

There are numerous variations on a theme when it comes to Irish soda bread recipes but the traditional base ingredients are nearly always the same with various ‘extras’ added.


  • 4 cups of Soft White Flour
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¾ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
  • Optional Extras – Cranberries, Raisins, Caraway Seeds or Nuts


  1. Sift the soft white flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into bowl.
  2. Pour the buttermilk into the dry mixture and mix into a dough.
  3. Add any of the optional dried fruit, nuts or seeds to the mixture
  4. Take the dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surface for about a minute
  5. Cut the dough into two pieces shaping each part into a ball shape
  6. Score the top with a knife in the shape of a cross
  7. Place both onto a greased baking tray and bake in a 350-degree oven for around forty minutes.
  8. You can test if the loaf has baked properly by turning it upside down and taping the bottom. If it sounds hollow when you tap it, the bread is baked and ready to eat.
Page Updated: 4 June 2021
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