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Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require any yeast.  Instead, all its leavening comes from baking soda and buttermilk.  This Irish soda bread recipe is an authentic Irish recipe.  Unlike many, it is solid, yet soft and has the most incredible crusty exterior.  Cold butter and buttermilk are the secrets to its delicious success!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf


  • 1 and 3/4 cups (420ml) buttermilk*
  • 1 large egg (optional, see note)
  • 4 and 1/4 cups (531g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for your hands and counter
  • 3 Tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed*
  • optional: 1 cup (150g) raisins


  1. Preheat oven & pan options: Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). There are options for the baking pan.  Use a regular baking sheet and line with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (bread spreads a bit more on a baking sheet), or use a seasoned 10-12 inch cast iron skillet, or grease a 9-10 inch cake pan or pie dish.  You can also use a 5 quart (or higher) dutch oven.  Grease or line with parchment paper.  If using a dutch oven, bake the bread with the lid off.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk and egg together. Set aside.  Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.