The Best Irish Soda Bread

the best irish soda bread

This classic recipe bakes up into the best Irish soda bread you can imagine. Bursting with raisins and just the right amount of sweetness. Make sure not to leave out the second part of Step 6!


  • 6 cups flour, plus an additional cup as needed
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, caraway seeds and raisins.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs and melted butter.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour and mix everything together by land until it forms a dough, adding up to a cup of additional flour as needed so that it holds together.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and fold it over on itself gently until the mass comes together and is not too sticky, flouring as needed.
  6. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a compact round shape and place on the baking sheet.  Use a serrated knife to slash a cross into the top and prick the quarters to let the fairies out.
  7. Bake for about one hour, turning cookie sheet at least once to brown evenly.
  8. Cool on rack before cutting.

Equipment We Used to Make This Recipe


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